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Troubling results from diabetes audit

12 October, 2017

Troubling results from diabetes audit

Many women with diabetes are not getting the support they need before and during pregnancy, according to the National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit 2016.

The report, published today (12 October) by NHS Digital, measured the quality of care and outcomes for women with pre-gestational diabetes who were pregnant in 2016.

It revealed that the stillbirth rate for women with diabetes is twice as high as that of the general population, and the neonatal death rate is more than four times as high.

It was also revealed that nearly half of the babies born to women with Type 1 diabetes, and nearly a quarter born to women with Type 2 diabetes were larger than gestational age.

Another key issue highlighted by the report is that few women living with diabetes are well prepared for pregnancy, with only one in 12 women (8%) achieving all three key recommended pre-pregnancy health measures.

The audit looked at 3356 pregnancies in 3297 women across 172 antenatal diabetes services. Of these women, 1608 had Type 2 diabetes.

It was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)2 as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme, analysed by NHS Digital and covers England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

Read the audit here.

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