Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) negatively affects the health of both mothers and babies, and is the most common pregnancy complication in the United States. Many dietary modification programs for pregnant women diagnosed with GDM rely on a one-size-fits-all approach to menu planning. The purpose of this project was to develop a diet modification program for GDM management using a patient-centered approach. The project objective was to develop the policies, procedures, and supporting documents needed to implement a successful GDM management program for pregnant women receiving antenatal care at an obstetrical clinic. The developed program incorporated strategies for clinic nursing staff to involve pregnant patients and their family members in the planning of individualized daily menus addressing social, motivational, and economic factors. Patient understanding of diet management will be evaluated through the administration of written pre and post-tests, which were included with the program materials. Long term program evaluation will be determined through the tracking of maternal weight gain and infant birth weights. This program has the potential to contribute to positive social change through the reduction of complications resulting from inadequately managed gestational diabetes mellitus.