SSEP is a terrific organization. Their mission is to improve the lives and outcomes of pregnancy for women with diabetes - either before the pregnancy or diagnosed during pregnancy. The potential implications of this kind of care include preventing birth defects, protecting both mother and baby from developing diabetes later in life, and protecting mothers and babies from unneccesary injury at the time of birth. Diabetes is an issue that is very hard for people to get a handle on -- the treatment may include diet, exercise, and even daily shots! No-one like to hear these kinds of things and they are so hard to change in our lives. Joann Herny and the SSEP staff and volunteers are so sensitive, knowledgeable and kind that it makes it easier to accept the guidance and do the things you have to do to be healthy and protect your baby. I have the highest respect for the professional and personal work that SSEP does that after 10 years of learning from them, I became and Board Member. This organization works hard and does so much with so little funding. It is a great place to consider if you wich to make a donation on behalf of a healthy child in your life or even on behalf of mothers and babies challenged with complications of diabetes in pregnancy.
My first awareness of SSEP was when I attended an excellent diabetes & pregnancy research conference they held in November, 2004. I was impressed with the quality of the speakers and the passion Joann Henry had for helping pregnant women with diabetes deliver healthy babies and live healthy lives. For more than 10 years now, Joann has donated her time to increasing awareness of the problems associated with diabetes & pregnancy on a national level. Not only does SSEP hold the annual research conference in November, they hold trainings in different parts of the country to educate health care professionals who work with pregnant women with diabetes. This is one of the most altruistic organizations with whom I have had the pleasure of being associated.
It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated program that brings the latest, cutting edge research and information on diabetes and pregnancy to professional providers across the country.
SSEP is an outgrowth of the California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP). It has presented training programs for physicians, nurses, dieticians and social workers regarding the management of diabetes during pregnancy. Included with the programs are literature and manuals so that the local program may establish or modify their own existing protocols and procedures. Attendees' reviews of these conferences have been extremely positive. I think that SSEP makes a valuable contribution to the care of gestationally and pregestationally diabetic women--a growing subgroup of the US obstetric population.
Diabetes during pregnancy is a serious condition, causing many complications, most of which can be prevented. Sweet Success Diabetes and Pregnancy program was so successful in CA, it needed to be shared with programs in other states. Standards of practice are changing so rapidly that it is difficult for health care professionals to stay current. Therefore, the need was for health care professional education. training. SSEP was implemented to meet this need.