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Midwifery and diabetes

Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by Katemcl, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Ian_P

    Ian_P Type 1 · Member

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    Hi - I'm a Consultant Anaesthetist with Type 1; one of our Theatre Sister's is also a Type 1, as is one of our ODPs. You'll find a lot of support in the working environment and your team will be very fortunate to have a Type 1 midwife with the increasing number of pregnant mums with diabetes that we are looking after now. I've found a CGM (Dexcom) incredibly useful. Night shifts need a bit of extra thought with the BG control but are quite manageable. You can always see what the effect is for you now by staying up through the night and sleeping the next day (as if you were doing a shift). A CGM will make it much easier to see what's happening. The very best of luck, and thank you for choosing a career in healthcare. Best wishes, Ian
     
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  2. PaigeWeaver93

    PaigeWeaver93 · Newbie

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    I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump and have been a qualified midwife for 6 years, I was also diabetic throughout my training. I started using an insulin pump 2 years ago prior to having a baby and this has made my control during shifts much easier. There are ways in which you can adapt shifts to what works best for you for example if night shifts don’t need agree with you then you can work days. I wouldn’t let it hold you back.
     
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    PaigeWeaver93 · Newbie

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    Yes it may not be their speciality but it’s very untrue & unfair to say all midwives have ‘poor understanding’ of Diabetes.
     
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    JaneWorlock · Newbie

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    I am a Type 1 diabetic now using an insulin pump and am also a nurse. I was 24 when diagnosed which is now almost 30 ears ago. I am now part time, and since my sons were born worked nights for many years although I am back to shifts again. I have never had particular problems working the shifts but when at work I test my sugars 3 hourly and before doing any drug rounds. However when I am at work I have not had any particular trouble, although my BG's can swing and go low & high . I get hypo symptoms so recognise if I need to take something. I have more trouble when off than when at work probably because I check my sugars so regularly. It is perfectly possible to work on shifts but you just need work out a method of checking etc that fits around what you need to do. Advice is good but just take what helps you but remember that you need tailor it to you. Good luck
     
  5. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m a recently retired Midwife and yes ‘all’ is not very fair, I’d replace it with ‘most’ though!
    One colleague was chatting with me about my T2 and how long I’ve had it. She went on to ask me if it had turned into proper diabetes yet.

    Some of my colleagues who were supposed to specialise in diabetes in pregnancy were sadly lacking in knowledge.
     
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