Indigenous women with GDM 'high risk' for post-partum bleeds

Care should be taken in the third stage of labour to minimise bleeding, researchers say

Indigenous women with gestational diabetes or type 2 diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk of post-partum haemorrhage, an Australian study has shown for the first time.

Indigenous women having blood taken

The findings suggest clinicians should take gestational diabetes (GDM) in an Indigenous woman as a sign to be ready to manage the third stage of labour to minimise post-partum blood loss, the authors say.

“Indigenous women are more than four times as likely to die as a direct result of pregnancy

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