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Support lacking for pregnant women with diabetes

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The NHS is failing to provide adequate support for pregnant women with diabetes, according to a report.

The NHS is failing to provide adequate support for pregnant women with diabetes, according to a report.

The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) found women with diabetes were poorly prepared for pregnancy, because access to the appropriate healthcare professionals was lacking.

The study of 521 patient case notes revealed that less than a fifth of maternity services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland provided multidisciplinary preconception care that included all the health professionals recommended by the Diabetes National Services Framework.

'Suboptimal preconception care, glycaemic control before and during pregnancy and approach of the woman to managing her diabetes were all associated with poor pregnancy outcome,' said the report.

www.cemach.org.uk.

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