Diabetes in Pregnancy Program

As an expectant mother, you want to give your developing baby his or her best chance at a strong start. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or if you develop gestational diabetes while pregnant, it is important for you to receive extra care when you are pregnant. That’s because uncontrolled blood glucose levels when pregnant can lead to health problems for you and your baby. Our Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Diabetes in Pregnancy Program team of doctors, midwives, and nutrition and education specialists are experts in managing diabetes during pregnancy. We understand how to best support you so that you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

What you can expect when receiving care from the Stanford Children’s Diabetes in Pregnancy Program

  • We care for all of your needs in one place. If you have diabetes, or you develop diabetes while pregnant, we provide comprehensive care in one location, making visits efficient and convenient. We provide care and support for all of your and your baby’s health needs before, during, and after pregnancy.
  • We help you quickly get your blood sugar levels on track. When pregnant women first come to us, some have high or uncontrolled blood sugar levels. We are able to lower their blood glucose to a healthy level in just one or two months with regular visits, education on insulin use, and diet improvements that fit their lifestyle.
  • You will see a pregnancy specialist who is trained in diabetes. Our team deeply understands how diabetes affects pregnancy. Depending on your diabetes—simple or complex—members of our team of midwives, diabetes specialists, obstetricians, and maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists will provide the exact right level of care for you and your baby.
  • Our program coordinates with diabetes specialists from Stanford Health Care. We collaborate with endocrinologists from our adjacent adult hospital, who help us troubleshoot complex diabetes needs and give you the extra support you may need with your diabetes care, including managing insulin pumps and hypoglycemia symptoms.

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