Preconception counselling for women with diabetes: An online resource

Valerie A. Holmes

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Pre-pregnancy care impacts positively on pregnancy outcome, yet the majority of women continue to receive suboptimal support in this area owing to a lack of awareness about the importance of pregnancy planning. An innovative preconception counselling resource has been developed in Northern Ireland (originally as a DVD and later in an online format), in collaboration with end users to raise awareness of planning for pregnancy. This educational resource is now embedded in routine care in the region as a preconception counselling tool, being adopted by all diabetes care teams and many GP practices. It also recently received national recognition, winning the “Best improvement programme for pregnancy and maternity” category at the 2013 Quality in Care Diabetes awards. This article presents the background to the resource’s development, as well as experiences from its production and roll-out.


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