The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management diabetes education. Our Perinatal Diabetes Center partners with physicians, patients and staff to provide evidenced based instruction, support, updates, community activities and mentoring of student nurses and dietitians. We believe the future depends on the health of moms and babies. Education is imperative and pre-conception care is crucial. Everyone deserves a healthy start.
Perinatal Diabetes Management Classes
Our Perinatal Diabetes Center offers a variety of classes taught by certified diabetes educators, nurses and registered dietitians that are specifically designed to meet the needs of women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy. For all classes, please call (713) 383-2839 for more information or to register.
You can register for classes and events by signing up for or logging into your MyHealthOne account, where you can pay for the class or event, and receive a registration receipt, and confirmation email. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early. If you need to cancel or make changes to your registration, please notify us as soon as possible. A 25% service charge for class cancellations applies. We provide free parking during classes, which meet on a regular schedule excluding holidays.
Designed to help women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), those with pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or a history of gestational diabetes to get a great start before they become pregnant. Discusses meal planning, exercise, blood sugar control, pattern management, and use of medications. This course can either be taken as a 1-1.5 hour group or private class.
This class instructs participants in the management of diabetes. It is intended for those newly diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM) or type 1 or type 2 diabetes with no prior educations. This 2 hour long group class includes:
- Meal planning –a personalized meal plan is provided
- Exercise/activity levels
- Stress management
- Glucose meter instruction where participants learn how to use their meter, how to perform quality control checks, and how to record and analyze glucose results (pattern management) over time for better diabetes management
Discussion includes labor and delivery, infant feeding, postpartum issues, six-week blood glucose follow-up, and planning for future pregnancies.
Advanced Management Concepts Get Pumped:
Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Management Systems (CGMS)
Designed for patients who currently wear (or want to wear) an insulin pump. Instructions include carbohydrate counting and how to use the pump. CGMS is an additional component designed to teach pattern management of blood sugars. Combining the pump with CGMS provides patients with greater diabetes control and lifestyle flexibility. This class is ideal for preconception planning for patients with pre-existing diabetes (type 1 or type 2). This course can either be taken as a 2-2.5 hour private or group class.
To ensure a healthy pregnancy for mom and baby, it’s best to start planning before becoming pregnant or during early pregnancy at the latest. This 1.5-2 hour group class instructs participants on eating a healthy, balanced meal plan and provides a personalized meal plan. Discussion includes portion sizes, label reading, dining out, and artificial sweeteners. This class meets all nutritional needs including:
- Healthy eating
- Weight management before and during pregnancy
- Postpartum concerns
This class is great for patients managing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and diabetes, as well as women expecting multiples who want to maximize their nutritional intake.
This 1-1.5 hour group class is designed for the pregnant mom who has gestational diabetes (GDM), type 1 or 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or abnormal glucose. Participants will learn what to expect in the postpartum period, breastfeeding, blood sugars (type 1 and 2); nutritional needs for all postpartum moms; follow up on the Oral glucose tolerance Test -OGTT( for pts with GDM); weight managing tips ( nutrition and exercise with baby) and future family planning needs.
Diabetic Pregnancy Resources and Support
The Education Department at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas provides support groups to help families handle the psychological and emotional changes that come with newborn care and parenthood. All our support groups are free of charge. No registration is required to attend. Parking will be validated. Excluding holidays, support groups meet on a regular schedule.
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is available for speaking engagements to various groups, health fairs, and other corporations interested in diabetes related health. We are committed to mentoring RN & RD students in the field of diabetes and pregnancy. For more information, please call the Perinatal Diabetes Center at (713) 383-2839.
Nutrition education is provided by Registered Dietitians who are part of our Diabetes Self Management Program. They specialize in preconception nutrition, pregnancy meal planning, caloric intake with multiples, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and management of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.