June 16, 2003
permalink Valuable resources - books, links and stuff

Here's a bit of a list of the places I've found some really useful information:


***** 1. Diabetes and Pregnancy, Women's Experiences and Medical Guidelines
Miranova Publishers, IBSN 0 9587142 3 1, available through Diabetes Australia and many libraries.

The book you just have to keep going back to for thorough information on pregnancy and diabetes, as written by Josephine Costa (the type 1'er who initiated the project), Alison Nankervis (endocrinologist extraordinaire with a special interest in diabetes and pregnancy) and 17 women with pre-existing (type 1) diabetes who give accounts of their own experiences during pregancy, giving birth, breastfeeding and the first few weeks with their newborn babies. In each of these sections, medical comments are given by Alison Nankervis after each woman's story and as "summary advice". An invaluable resource to help you prepare and to help you realise that you are not alone in this gruelling-at-times labour of love.

2. Up the Duff! The real guide to pregnancy. Viking, IBSN 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7

Kaz Cooke's absolutely sensational, informative and very funny book on being up the duff with L Plates! This has actually been my favourite book because it's so chock full of useful info and gives a realistic view of the joys, horrors and and downright oddness of pregnancy. It's a week by week guide that even my partner could not put down for weeks! This alone in my opinion is a reason to go out and get a copy :-) He wouldn't read anything else. But Kaz's book got the big thumbs up and has him in the know as my most important supporter.

3. What to expect when you're expecting
By Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway.
Angus & Robertson, IBSN 0 207 19079 8

This book is harder to digest than Kaz's book, but very, very informative. It gives a month by month overview of pregnancy and includes useful sections on antenatal testing, choosing a good practitioner to work with, how to get the maximum nutrition, what to avoid during pregnancy, dealing with illnesses and chronic conditions, what to do if something goes wrong, breastfeeding, first weeks with baby, tips and moral support for the pregnant dad ;-) and oh my god - preparing for the next baby!!!

Web Sites

*** 1. www.diabeticmommy.com

This site, aside from it's dodgy name (to aussies at least :-) is quite a good one. It was the only site devoted to pregnancy and diabetes with an online discussion forum that I could find during my pregnancy (Jan-Oct 2003). There are a lot of people with gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes and only a few type 1's posting to the forum which is a bit of a bummer for type 1's. But then again, quite a bit of the information is valuable for all. I found their thread on induction, including how to convince your doctor to let you wait a bit longer if everything's going well, particularly useful.

****** 2. www.essentialbaby.com.au

This is a fabulous site. It has an outstanding discussion forum with discussions on everything from being a young mum, older mum, caesars, vbacs, partners, birth stories, diaries, childcare, pregnancy tips, baby names, miscarriage, trying to conceive etc, etc, and hopefully soon a discussion solely devoted to diabetes. The site has the most user friendly forum technology that I have ever found and is populated by intelligent women with some fabulous knowledge and a variety of attitudes. The site gets over 250,000 individual visits a month so the resources on tap here are quite staggering. You can also sign up for a week by week pregnancy guide here, shop for maternity clothes and baby gear, and learn about a range of topics that will be of interest to you during your pregnancy and beyond.


***** Can I have a healthy baby?

A succinct but excellent booklet on what to expect and how to prepare for a pregnancy with type 1 diabetes. Especially good as a starting resource or resource to give partners, friend and family when you're pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant with d. One of the best things about it is the fact that it contains quotes from women with diabetes who've had babies and was thoroughly reviewed by these women as well as medical professionals before it went to press. Produced by the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society, Diabetes Australia - Victoria, and Reality Check. A downloadable version is available at www.realitycheck.org.au


Cord blood stem cells links

A paediatrician describes his own decision to go with cord blood stem cell banking:

An article from the Times, April 2007
Diabetics cured in stem-cell treatment advance

Info on cord blood stem cells from JDRF, the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation. Includes links to public and private cord blood banks.

Posted by patton at June 16, 2003 02:29 PM
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