Ebony Carter, MD, MPH: Lifestyle change group prenatal care

Dr. Ebony Carter is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Carter has been a CDTR member since 2015 and utilized CDTR resources to develop her work prenatal care for women with diabetes and much more.

Group prenatal care for women with diabetes: A pilot randomized control trial

This study was funded by the WU-CDTR pilot and feasibility program in 2015. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of group care for diabetic, pregnant women and its effectiveness in promoting healthy, self-care activities to manage their condition. Approximately 10% of pregnant women have type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), increasing the risk of poor perinatal outcomes such as macrosomia, shoulder dystocia, preeclampsia, or cesarean delivery.

Outcomes of the study found that group care is a strategy that may be effective in promoting self-care activities to manage type 2 diabetes or GDM in pregnant women. Group care was shown to improve diet, reduce gestational weight gain, and increase adherence to postpartum diabetes testing. 

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