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Gestational Diabetes

Physicians, is gestational diabetes making pregnancy more difficult for your patients? If so, you should know about the free gestational diabetes management classes at Southwest General Hospital. The classes, which are taught by Certified Diabetes Educators in the hospital’s BirthPlace, cover everything from proper diet and exercise to medication, problem solving, and more.

Refer a patient

Patients, if you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you may have more questions than your physician has time to answer. Also, you may be concerned about the reliability of information found online. After all, when it comes to the health of you and your baby, you want the best information available.

Request a physician referral

As the very first hospital in Texas to receive the Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care, there’s no better place in San Antonio for gestational diabetes education. Not only is Southwest General Hospital a leader in diabetes management. With 17 labor, delivery, and recovery suites, we estimate that nearly 2,050 babies will be born at our hospital this year, making us a leader in maternity care, as well.

What Patients Learn About Gestational Diabetes

Patients who take the hour-and-a-half-long gestational diabetes management class get personal answers and individual assistance. Because each session is limited to 10 people per class, there’s time for questions and discussion. Here are a few questions that patients will have answered:

  • What is gestational diabetes?
  • What causes gestational diabetes?
  • How can I reduce my risk for gestational diabetes?
  • What foods can I eat with gestational diabetes?
  • Do I have to take medication for gestational diabetes?
  • Does gestational diabetes put my baby at risk?
  • How do I check my blood sugar? How often should I check?

Other topics covered include:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Being Active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking Medication
  • Problem Solving
  • Healthy Coping
  • Reducing Risks

Classes Offered Throughout the Year

Classes are offered on the following dates:
  • Sept. 5, 10, 19, 24
  • Oct. 3, 8, 17, 22
  • Nov. 7, 19
  • Dec. 5, 17

Gestational diabetes classes are held at the Birthplace in the L&D Classroom from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Space is limited to 10 attendees per class. There is no cost.

Physician Referral

Physician offices can refer patients using the Gestational Diabetes Outpatient Education Referral Form. Fill out the form, then take the following steps:

1. Staff of physician’s office should call 1-877-215-WELL (9355) to schedule patient for dates provided.

2. Scheduler should gather these key pieces of information:

a. Patient’s name, D.O.B., and phone number

b. Referring OB/GYN

c. Calorie plan (example 1200, 1500, 1800, 2000, 2200, etc.)

    d. ICD-9 code

e. Remind OB/GYN staff to fax in referral to diabetes office at (210) 921-3588.

Patient Self-Referral

Patients can begin the self-referral process by taking these steps:
1. Call 1-877-215-WELL (9355).
2. Scheduler should gather these key pieces of info:

a. Your name, D.O.B., and phone number

b. Name of your doctor (OB/GYN)

3. Diabetes Office will, in turn, gather the referral needed.

At Southwest General Hospital we offer the services of Gestational Diabetes nurse who is available to monitor glucose levels on a routine basis in order to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and positive outcome for both mom and baby. Please call the Diabetes Service Line at (210) 921-3499 for more information.

Have questions? Need more information? Call the Diabetes Service Line at Southwest General Hospital at (210) 921-3499. 

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