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Digital Seminar

Managing the Sugar Bump: Caring for the Gestational Diabetes Client

2 Hours 13 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 10, 2023
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Gestational Diabetes is one of the most common and significant complications a family can face during the childbearing year. Globally, it is estimated that 21.1 million live births were impacted by some form of hyperglycemia and of these 80.3% were due to Gestational diabetes. In the United States, about 2-10% of childbearing families will experience Gestational diabetes increasing the risk of adverse maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes. The overwhelming prevalence of Gestational Diabetes makes it likely that you will not only encounter this imperative health issue in your practice, but you will need to engage with families impacted by the condition at some point during their health journey. As clinicians and birth workers we can help improve current and future health outcomes for families impacted by Gestational diabetes by keeping abreast of the most current evidenced based recommendations. This session will provide you with the most up-to-date evidence that will equip you to care for your clients with Gestational Diabetes from antepartum through the postpartum period.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 


CE credit is available. This self-study course consists of 2.0 continuing education credit hours for Midwives. The Certificate Maintenance Program of the American Midwifery Certification Board recognizes and accepts for continuing education credit courses that are specifically applicable and pertinent to the practice of midwifery and by entities approved by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). This endruing material is certified for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by PESI as an accredited ACCME provider authorized to award credit by the AMA. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 12/22/2025.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 03/10/2023. It was last reviewed on 02/28/2023 and is valid until 02/28/2026


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 3/10/2023. It was last reviewed on 2/28/2023 and is valid until 02/28/2026.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Mechell Duran, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDCES, NBC-HWC, LCCE, DipACLM's Profile

Mechell Duran, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDCES, NBC-HWC, LCCE, DipACLM Related seminars and products

Mechell Duran, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDCES, NBC-HWC, LCCE, DipACLM, is a pregnancy health coach and the owner of sugarbumpcoach, a community where women with gestational diabetes can receive recipe ideas and evidenced based information on pregnancy through the 4th trimester on her blog sugarbump. She has over 15 years of healthcare experience as a nurse and family nurse practitioner in various practice settings from pediatrics to primary care, home care, endocrinology and most recently academia. Dr. Duran has a passion for lifestyle medicine, self-management support (SMS) and diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES). She has gained the American Diabetes Association recognition for a DSMES program she developed for a large hospital system in South Florida and is currently the primary investigator for a grant funded project implementing online education, coaching and support for people affected by Sickle Cell Anemia. Dr. Duran is also proud to be a HEAL scholar (Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine) with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Mechell Duran receives compensation as an independent contractor. She receives grants from United Way of Miami and the Global Blood Therapeutics. Dr. Duran receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Mechell Duran is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, the Lamaze International, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.

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  1. Determine the epidemiology, social determinants of health, risk factors, pathophysiology, prevention, screening, and diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes.
  2. Evaluate the non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment options for Gestational diabetes including lifestyle prescriptions for nutrition, exercise, stress, social support, and reducing toxic substances.
  3. Execute clinical and nonclinical care of the client with gestational diabetes during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum period.
  4. Plan screening and follow-up for gestational diabetes including behavioral interventions and lifestyle change programs to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes.


The epidemiology, determinants of health, risk factors and screening guidelines for Gestational Diabetes
  • Discuss global and national prevalence rates of Gestational Diabetes
  • Discuss the social and environmental contributors of Gestational Diabetes
  • Discuss the pathophysiology and risk factors for Gestational Diabetes including age, race/ethnicity, plurality, weight, family history and pre-existing conditions
  • Discuss screening and diagnostic tests for Gestational diabetes including the one-, two-, and three-hour oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)
Non-Pharmacological and Pharmacological treatment options for Gestational Diabetes
  • Discuss non-pharmacological treatment options including lifestyle prescriptions for diet and exercise
  • Discuss contraindications to exercise during pregnancy and self-care strategies to employ during physical activity
  • Discuss oral medications and the use of insulin for the Gestational Diabetes client
  • Discuss technology used in diabetes care including insulin pumps, glucose meters, and continuous glucose monitors
Clinical and non-clinical care for the Gestational Diabetes client during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum period
  • Describe and identify interventions that meet the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of the Gestational Diabetes client from antepartum to the postpartum period
  • Discuss the essential components of antenatal care including referrals to specialists, increased fetal monitoring, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment, patient education and anticipatory guidance
  • Discuss the intrapartum care including labor inductions, c-sections, and risk of birth trauma
  • Discuss postpartum care including breastfeeding and screening for neonatal hypoglycemia
Discuss the long-term follow-up for the client with Gestational Diabetes
  • Discuss screening guidelines for Type 2 diabetes including the OGTT at the 6-week post-partum visit
  • Discuss long-term screening and surveillance guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes following a Gestational diabetes diagnosis
  • Discuss behavioral interventions and lifestyle change programs that help prevent diabetes after a Gestational diabetes diagnosis

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Midwives
  • Doulas


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