This volume, in which Marie Berg is one of the coeditors, is the result of international research within the COST Action IS907: “Childbirth Cultures, Concerns & Consequences”,aiming at finding and generating the best possible evidence across a range of childbirth practices, contexts, and issues in Europe.
168 pregnant women with type 1 diabetes answered questionnaires in early pregnancy. The aim of the study was to investigate associations among perceived well-being and diabetes self-efficacy of diabetes management.
The women reported relatively high scores of self-efficacy in diabetes management
A higher capability of self-efficacy in diabetes management, showed positive correlations with self-perceived health and well-being as well as negative correlations with diabetes distress and hypoglycemia worries
Conclusions are that caregivers could support well-being and self-efficacy in diabetes management in women with type 1 diabetes during early pregnancy by trough a person-centred approach :
Strengthen their own capability and responsibility to achieve the defined goals for HbA1C in pregnancy, while making it clear that she can only do as good as she can in striving for optimal blood glucose levels
Support their manage of daily life with focus on the glycemic control and how to manage fear of hypo- and hyperglycemic episodes