Diabetes affecting pregnancy can be pre-existing diabetes (that is, type 1, type 2, or other types of diabetes), or might arise as a result of the pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and has serious implications for the health of mothers and babies.
identifies and describes national data sources available for monitoring the effects of diabetes during pregnancy on mothers and babies
identifies current data gaps and alternate data sources for monitoring outcomes associated with diabetes during pregnancy
explores the feasibility of data linkage to improve the monitoring of outcomes.
Linking datasets containing birth records, complications and treatment would provide a more complete assessment
Data on diabetes in pregnancy are available from various data sources, all of which have strengths and weaknesses
Data required to monitor diabetes in pregnancy and fill current gaps are not available in any one data set
Long term complications and outcomes by pre-existing diabetes types cannot be assessed from current national datasets.