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released: 13 Dec 2010 author: AIHW media release

Diabetes is known to adversely affect women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and delivery. These adverse effects differ by type of diabetes and between population groups. This report is the first to explore these differences among Australian mothers and their babies at a national level, showing that: diabetes affects about 1 in 20 pregnancies; mothers with pre-existing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and their babies, are at highest risk of adverse effects; mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus, and their babies, are also at increased risk; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies are more likely to experience adverse effects than non-Indigenous mothers and their babies. This report is a useful resource for policymakers, researchers, clinicians and others interested in the effect of diabetes on the health of Australian mothers and their babies.

ISSN 1444-8033; ISBN 978-1-74249-095-3; Cat. no. CVD 52; 178pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents and summary

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary  
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Purpose and structure of this report
      • 1.2 What is diabetes in pregnancy?
      • 1.3 What is the impact of diabetes in pregnancy?
      • 1.4 Which population groups are at greatest risk?
      • 1.5 Data sources
    2. All mothers and infants
      • 2.1 Maternal characteristics
      • 2.2 Maternal outcomes
      • 2.3 Infant outcomes
    3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and infants
      • 3.1 Maternal characteristics
      • 3.2 Maternal outcomes
      • 3.3 Infant outcomes
    4. Mothers from high-diabetes-risk regions
      • 4.1 Maternal characteristics
      • 4.2 Maternal outcomes
      • 4.3 Infant outcomes
    5. Discussion and conclusions
      • 5.1 Overall findings
      • 5.2 Data issues
      • 5.3 Potential for future work
        • Nationally comparable perinatal data
      • 5.4 Conclusions
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1 Methods
      • Appendix 2 Supplementary tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2010. Diabetes in pregnancy: its impact on Australian women and their babies. Diabetes series no. 14. Cat. no. CVD 52. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 18 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442472448>.

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