Gestational Diabetes Management

 

The Gestational Diabetes Management Program is intended to support expectant moms navigating the challenges of gestational diabetes via convenient telehealth sessions. This resource is available to all Women’s Health Connecticut OB patients with their provider’s referral.

The program is facilitated by Ruth Ferrarotti, ANP-BC, APRN, CDCES. Ruth has decades of experience treating and counseling diabetes patients. The APRNs associated with this program provide education (diet and exercise), glucose tracking, insulin management, and education on the use of continuous glucose monitors (when needed) to ensure healthy outcomes for mother and baby. An initial phone or video chat consultation includes education, nutrition advising, and instructions for monitoring sugars. Frequent follow-up phone or video chat visits help patients monitor and manage their health throughout their pregnancy.

If you have a referral to the Gestational Diabetes Management Program from your Women’s Health Connecticut provider, please call 860-678-5526 to schedule an appointment.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a temporary condition that can arise during pregnancy and may lead to complications that affect both mother and baby. According to the CDC, gestational diabetes may affect up to 10% of pregnancies in the US.

During pregnancy, a woman’s blood sugar can rise to unhealthy levels. Noticeable symptoms are rare, so all pregnant women are screened for signs of gestational diabetes by their physician. If you are considered high risk for gestational diabetes, your physician will start screening you earlier in your pregnancy.

Risk factors for gestational diabetes include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Previously delivering a baby weighing over 9 lbs
  • Your race or ancestry. Gestational diabetes disproportionately affects women who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American.

Without appropriate prenatal care or interventions, gestational diabetes can lead to:

  • Having a very large baby and requiring a C-section
  • High blood pressure for the mother (preeclampsia)
  • Low blood sugar for the baby (hypoglycemia)
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life for the baby

While it’s not possible to prevent gestational diabetes completely, there are many things that can be done to reduce your risk, including diet and exercise. With early detection and the right resources to assist with lifestyle changes, gestational diabetes can be managed, ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and an uncomplicated birth.

As part of our mission to provide accessible and quality prenatal care to Connecticut mothers and to ensure safe birth outcomes for all women--especially women of color, Women’s Health Connecticut has introduced a new service: the Gestational Diabetes Management Program. Designed to support expectant moms navigating the challenges of gestational diabetes via convenient telehealth sessions, this resource is available to all Women’s Health Connecticut patients with a provider’s referral.

 

Meet our Providers

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 Ruth Ferrarotti, ANP-BC, APRN, CDCES

Ruth has been a Diabetes Educator since 1990. In 1997, she joined the Department of OB/GYN at Hartford Hospital to work with colleagues on the start-up of a diabetes in pregnancy program and continue to provide care at Women's Ambulatory Health Services. In 2000, she became a Nurse Practitioner, further expanding her involvement in the care of women experiencing diabetes during pregnancy.

 

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Kim Parrow, FNP-C

Kim Parrow, FNP-C, started her nursing career in 1998 working in women’s healthcare, specifically in labor and delivery, high-risk pregnancy care, maternal-fetal medicine, and gestational diabetes education.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Simmons College and Regis College. She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society since 1997. Her mission as a women’s healthcare provider is to provide quality care to women and to assist her patients in achieving optimal health by providing individualized care.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys daily walks and Pilates classes. She also loves spending time with her husband and three children.

 

Jennifer Lloyd, FNP-BC, APRN, BC-ADM

Jenn is a Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of clinical practice in the field of nursing. Her patient care experience has centered around diabetes mellitus, inspiring her to achieve additional board certification in Advanced Diabetes Management for best outcomes. As a dedicated patient advocate, she prioritizes building strong relationships with her patients to enhance their understanding of their diagnoses and improve their self-management skills.

Outside of work, Jenn enjoys reading and spending time by the lake with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs.