Center for Diabetes in Pregnancy
North Shore-LIJ Health System offers patients one of the few programs in the tri-state area recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the Center for Diabetes in Pregnancy. The center dedicates 100 percent of its efforts to the needs of women with diabetes during pregnancy.
The mission of the Center for Diabetes in Pregnancy is to provide quality education, commitment to individualized care and patient empowerment to women who have diabetes during pregnancy.
A woman who has diabetes during pregnancy and her baby need special care and attention. The trained specialists at the center are here to help. The center’s multidisciplinary team is made up of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses and registered dietitians. The educators are certified diabetes specialists.
Services at the Center for Diabetes in Pregnancy include:
Preconception Counseling for Women with Diabetes
North Shore-LIJ offers preconception planning, an important step for women who have diabetes or another preexisting illness. Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists work with obstetricians to discuss patients’ medical history and recommend proper care before and during pregnancy. Patients may need changes in their medications, insulin or self-care while preparing for pregnancy. Read more about preconception counseling services at North Shore-LIJ Women’s Health.
Preexisting Diabetes Education and Management Program
This program provides information and care for women who have diabetes before they become pregnant. During pregnancy, the body’s ability to manage blood sugar may change. Physicians can determine whether patients need to adjust their medications or have additional testing. The team also provides information on healthy eating and physical activity.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Management Program
This program provides complete care for women who develop gestational diabetes in pregnancy. Specialists help them manage blood sugar levels to ensure that they don’t become too high or too low. The team provides education about blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating and physical activity. They may also recommend oral medications or insulin therapy, if needed for good blood sugar control during pregnancy.
Post Partum Gestational Diabetes Program
This program offers classes on healthy lifestyle choices to help women prevent developing diabetes later in life. Women who develop gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Educators teach patients about healthy diet, physical activity, and other important tips to help patients and their families prevent diabetes.