Document Type : Original Article



Introduction: Diabetes is increasingly becoming prevalent worldwide. Pregnancy with diabetes
is prone to maternal and fetal complications. Preconception care (PCC) is an important
factor in alleviating gestational complications in those women who suffer from diabetes. This
study seeks to gain insight into experiences of diabetic women and providers about PCC.
Subjects and Methods: The present research was a qualitative research conducted on eight
women with diabetes during the reproductive age and 15 health care providers of the public and
private medical centers, which provide health care for women with diabetes in Isfahan (Iran), with
a qualitative approach. Based on the aims of research, purposive sampling was done through
semi‑structuralized individual interview. Data were analyzed using conventional qualitative
content analysis method. Results: Data analysis revealed three major categories: (1) Health
centers weakness in providing PCC for diabetic women, (2) lack of a comprehensive PCC plan
for diabetic women and (3) diabetic women’s negligence about having planned pregnancy.
Conclusion: In order to improve diabetic women’s health, precise training of students, health
care providers and patients themselves with respect to PCCs should be taken into account.
Designing diabetic PCC system is an essential factor to succeed in this trend.


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