Pregnancy & diabetes

Plan for the Best Start

The Pregnancy & Diabetes: Plan for the Best Start program enables women living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to access evidence-based information from experts in the field.

A panel of health experts share with you important tips and are there to answer your questions. New mums also share their personal experience with pregnancy and diabetes. 

This information includes:

  • the need to plan and prepare for pregnancy
  • how to access pre-pregnancy care
  • diabetes and obstetric management during pregnancy, labour and delivery
  • nutrition priorities in pregnancy
  • COVID-19 and pregnancy.

For a full list of Diabetes Queensland events in all Queensland locations, see our event calendar 

Online virtual series

Below are the video recordings from our virtual two-part series held in June 2020. Please be aware that the advice provided in these presentations are general in nature. Please consult your Health Professional Care Team for advice pertaining to your history.

If you have any questions after watching the series or a presentation, or would like to talk to one of our expert health professionals about your diabetes management, please call our NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.

We are here to help you.

Part 1

Professor David McIntyre – MD FRACP, Endocrinologist & Director of Obstetric Medicine, Mater Health Services

Professor McIntyre discusses the importance of having an Endocrinologist as part of your treating team and the importance to plan and prepare for your pregnancy.

Alison Barry – Credentialled Diabetes Educator & Clinical Midwife

Alison provides you with key tips when planning your pregnancy and how to access pre-pregnancy care.

Ashleigh Ricardo – Type 1 Mum

Hear from Ashleigh Ricardo who provides her personal insights as a person living with type 1 diabetes and planning her pregnancy.

Part 1 Panel – Question & Answer Session

This Q&A session includes insights from our expert speakers, Professor David McIntyre, Alison Barry an Ashleigh Ricardo.

Part 2

Dr Julie Buchanan – FRANZCOG, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Mater Health Services, Eve Health.

Dr Buchanan discusses diabetes and the role of the Obstetrician during your pregnancy, labour and delivery.

Dr Shelley Wilkinson – Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (PHD), Mater Mothers Hospital.

Dr Wilkinson discusses the importance of nutrition when planning your pregnancy and after the birth of your child.

Stephanie Walters – Type 1 Mum

Hear from Stephanie Walters who has recently had her baby and provides her personal insights as a mum living with type 1 diabetes.

Part 2 Panel Question & Answer Session

This Q&A session includes insights from our expert speakers Dr Julie Buchanan, Dr Shelley Wilkinson and Stephanie Walters.

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