"We are delighted to enter into our 2nd year as a Sweet Success Affiliate – utilizing best practices for diabetes care during pregnancy at SDRI," says Dr. Kristin Castorino.
Diabetes is a complication for up to 7-14% of pregnant women. The California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success provides comprehensive technical support and education to medical personnel and community liaisons to assist in promoting improved pregnancy outcomes for high-risk pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes and women who develop diabetes while pregnant; gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). These medical providers who undergo standardized training and provide direct patient care to women with diabetes while pregnant become known as CDAPP Sweet Success Affiliates.
CDAPP Sweet Success History
CDAPP began as a pilot project in San Francisco funded by the March of Dimes in 1982. Based on its success, the Inland Counties became the first region in 1983 and was funded through Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Federal Title V Block Grant funds. From 1984 through 2006, the number of CDAPP regional programs gradually expanded to ten regions. CDAPP regional programs were established based on the regional perinatal health systems model. The program consisted of multidisciplinary teams which included a diabetes nurse educator, a registered dietitian, and a behavior medicine specialist who worked in conjunction with a regional medical director. Prior to CDAPP, patients with diabetes while pregnant received minimal intervention. Today, care for pregnant women with diabetes is more widely available across the state.