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Cheryl Harris-Taylor

Cheryl Harris-Taylor BSW, MSW, RSW is a social worker at Tridec at Women’s College Hospital. During her time in this position, she has become very involved in the psychosocial and behavioral issues of diabetes, helping a diverse population cope and adjust their lifestyle to be able to manage their diabetes. Ms. Harris-Taylor received her Masters of Clinical Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. After graduating, she worked in Calgary in Child Welfare and then moved to the Netherlands where she established her own private practice. Five years ago, she and her family moved to Toronto where she started work in hospital settings, first in psychiatry, then in the prenatal department, and later working with seniors, advocating for better services. Ms. Harris-Taylor enjoys challenges and stimulation in her life. One specific accomplishment was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009.

Managing a diagnosis of gestational diabetes

gestational diabetes

Pregnancy can present challenges for any women. However, managing a diagnosis of gestational diabetes can add additional challenges and therefore result in new stressors in a woman’s life. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy and usually ends after the baby is born. When women hear that they have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, they may feel very anxious, overwhelmed, or even guilty, and may worry about their baby’s health. This worry is definitely understandable. But it is important to be aware that most babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are perfectly healthy and they will not be born with diabetes.

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