Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology

Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital

Diabetes in Pregnancy Services

Women with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose) need to be closely monitored during pregnancy and their diabetes can be much more difficult to manage. Good diabetes management during pregnancy reduces the risk to you and your child. The ideal blood sugar targets that we aim for during pregnancy are often stricter than outside pregnancy.

If you have diabetes or prediabetes then you should be seen by the Diabetes in Pregnancy Service as soon as possible, and ideally even before you are pregnant (see Prepregnancy Planning  for Diabetes Clinic) to ensure that your diabetes care is optimised for the pregnancy.

Women can also first develop diabetes in pregnancy. When this happens it is called gestational diabetes.

In general, whether you have pre-existing diabetes or gestational diabetes, we would get you to see one of our Credentialed Diabetes Educators and Dietician. If your glucose levels are not easily controlled, or if you have pre-existing diabetes, you would also attend the combined Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic, where you would be seen by both an Endocrinologist (who specialises in Diabetes in Pregnancy), and an Obstetrician.

Appointments

Initial appointments need to be made with the Diabetes Education and Ambulatory Care Centre on (02) 8890 6466.

Referrals

A referral from your GP to one of the Endocrinologists is required.

Staff

Endocrinologists  Diabetes Educators  Dietitian   
A/Prof N Wah Cheung  Ms Ann O’Neill   Mr Dean Paningbatan  
Dr Sylvia Lim-Tio  Ms Ann Wansborough     
Dr Constance Yap  Ms Marlene Payk      
Dr Rachel Bradbury