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LLUCH sponsors diabetes and pregnancy conference

The California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program’s Region 7 office at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital recently came to the forefront during a two-day conference held February 6 and 7, 2008, in a staff development classroom at the  Mountain View Plaza.

Titled “Sweet Success: Current Standards of Practice in Diabetes and Pregnancy,” the conference provided an overview of the latest findings for health care providers who work with pregnant women with diabetes. The Sweet Success diabetes and pregnancy education programs are affiliates of the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) which is officially sponsored by the California Department of Public Health.

Conference speakers and faculty included Barry Block, MD, a Loma Linda University Medical Center perinatologist who serves as medical director for CDAPP Region 7; Elba Fayard, MD, a neonatologist at LLUMC; Pat Hawk, CDE, an exercise physiologist with the Diabetes Health Center of San Bernardino and Children’s Hospital of Orange County; Gretchen Page, MPH, CNM, manager of CDAPP Region 7 at LLUMC; Sara Corder, RD, MPH, nutritionist at Kaiser, Fontana; Nancie Larson, MSW, LCSW, social worker for obstetrics, NICU, and pediatrics at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs; and Suzanne Sparks, RN, CDE, coordinator of the event, and educator for CDAPP Region 7 at LLUMC.

According to Ms. Sparks, the conference attracted a total of 38 nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare providers from as far away as Northern California and Wisconsin. “We are very excited with the feedback we got from participants,” Ms. Sparks observes. “Many of them reported that it offered just what they needed in terms of updates in the standards of practice.”

The goal of the CDAPP, through Sweet Success, is to improve pregnancy outcomes for women who either have overt diabetes prior to conception or develop gestational diabetes, by reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity for this group of high-risk perinatal patients to a level near that of the normal, low-risk perinatal population. The conference was approved for 12 contact hours of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Information about upcoming diabetes and pregnancy education programs is available from susparks@llu.edu.     

By James Ponder        

TODAY news for Thursday, February 25, 2008