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National guidance on pregnancy and diabetes

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The Royal College of Midwives and NHS Diabetes have published joint guidance for managing pregnant women with diabetes.

The guidance – titled “Lead Midwife in Diabetes: Standards, Role and Competencies” – outlines previously unavailable standards for the role and practice of midwives undertaking a midwifery lead in the care of women with diabetes who are pregnant, or women who develop diabetes during pregnancy.

NHS Diabetes director Anna Morton said it was a “blueprint of what is needed to provide high quality care”. Women with diabetes are five times more likely to have stillbirths.

RCM general secretary Cathy Warwick said: “Diabetes poses a significant health risk for the population and is known to impact on pregnancy and birth outcomes.

“The document gives guidance to commissioners and practitioners on how best to deliver the service to provide evidence based care to women with diabetes or gestational diabetes.”

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