"Diabetic/Ante-natal care at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust"
Posted by Solihull Diabetic Mum (as ),
I have been a diabetic for 13 years and have recently fell pregnant with my second child. As with my first pregnancy I was prepared for the extra care and appointments that go along with my condition and pregnancy.
Having being booked in at 5/40, I was attending regular appointments and had regular contact with the diabetic specialist doctors, nurses and midwives. Unfortunately I have found this more of a hindrance than a help.
My ongoing care regarding my diabetes is usually done at my GP surgery by a specialist nurse. The care and advice given is consistent and really helped me control my historically erratic BMs.
Since attending the ante-natal clinic I was told by a diabetic nurse that my own nurse’s advice was incorrect and to change my insulin doses. I was then seen by a doctor who then confirmed that what I had been told all along was good advice. The follow up call was then from a different nurse, only to be told completely different advice again. I have now been seen/called by at least 6 different doctors/nurses and have been given conflicting advice every single time.
I have found this extremely stressful at a time where stress is the last thing I need, and only now being 8/40, I have taken the decision to discharge myself from the joint clinic and to have my care by the nurse at my GP surgery, as I have explained to the head consultant that the care I have received so far is unacceptable and fear is putting myself and baby at risk.