Gestational Diabetes Support
We would like to improve gestational diabetes support for all those diagnosed in the UK and Ireland by raising awareness and by advertising the website and the social media support we offer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes can be a scary and daunting time. One of the biggest things we hear is that mothers feel alone. Many do not know much about gestational diabetes or know anyone who has had it before. Many ladies will receive a phone call or letter to say they have been diagnosed and may not be seen by a medical professional for days and in some cases weeks! Left alone and unsure what this diagnosis means for them and their pregnancy, we help fill the void for those that find us, but thousands of women do not find their way to us and may be sitting there alone, worried and unsure what to do.
To help offer better gestational diabetes support we have created a poster/leaflet that can be downloaded and handed out or displayed at Diabetes Antenatal Clinics.
Gestational diabetes support – Leaflet for diagnosis
Last year, Claire Wilson a Doctor working in Research and Psychiatry at the Department of Women’s Mental Health, Kings College London got in contact with myself as she was working on a project around the mental health impact of gestational diabetes diagnosis. The project Claire was working on involved creating a comic to give to ladies on the diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
I feel honoured to be involved in this project, as do the members of my Facebook support group. Thank you Claire for giving us the opportunity to be involved.
Here you can download a copy of the completed comic: Gestational Diabetes Support Leaflet
The comic is a fantastic tool for anyone diagnosed with GDM. Please feel free to download and distribute the leaflet for use in Diabetes Antenatal Clinics Nationwide. It would also be extremely helpful for anyone that reads the leaflet to fill in the following survey in order for Claire to complete her research: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZLQKPZY
Gestational diabetes support – from family, friends and colleagues
If you are reading this as a partner, family member, friend or colleague of someone that has been diagnosed, then we have a page dedicated to explaining gestational diabetes and the impact it may have on the mother. It also has information on how you can offer gestational diabetes support to them. Please take a look at our Gestational diabetes and the family page.