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Gestational Diabetes

The majority of healthy women can expect to have an uncomplicated pregnancy, to begin labour naturally and to give birth to a healthy baby. However, the increasing medicalisation of both pregnancy and birth has resulted in huge changes in women’s experience of having a baby. Women are often unaware that they have the right to be given information on the risks and benefits of every procedure and test they are asked to undergo during pregnancy and to choose whether or not they will have it.

Over the past few decades pregnancy has become a nine-month obstacle race in which women are faced with making decisions about an increasing number of tests and procedures. Screening for gestational diabetes is one of them.

Our resource provides you with evidence-based information about gestational diabetes (GDM). Information covered:

  •  What is GDM 
  • The process of screening for GDM
  •  The disadvantages of having a single test
  •  Treating GDM
  •  An outline of the differing opinions on gestational diabetes
  •  The risks of overdiagnosis
  •  How to minimise the risks.

Before you give consent to being screened or tested for gestational diabetes it is important that you are aware of and understand the risks, benefits and possible consequences of the tests you are being encouraged to undergo. While screening for gestational diabetes has become a routine part of pregnancy care, the definition of this condition has recently been widened and there is now a risk of many pregnant women being overdiagnosed and having their birth managed in a way that would not have occurred had they not been labelled as having gestational diabetes.

Remember, you have the right to choose whether or not to be tested for gestational diabetes.

How to order our resources:

For Individuals, please go to "Order our Resources", choose subject "Free for Individuals" a full set can be ordered costing just $3.50 for post and packaging.

For all others, via "Order our Resources" please compile your order, if you have any difficulties,  contact MSCC on mscc@maternity.org.nz and we will assist you.