‘First natural birth’ for diabetic woman with artificial pancreas

'First natural birth' for diabetic woman with artificial pancreas

A diabetic woman has become the first in the world to give birth naturally after using an artificial pancreas while pregnant, experts have said.

Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins, 41, of Knapton, Norfolk, gave birth to son Euan on Tuesday at the Norfolk and Norfolk University Hospital.

She is also the first woman to give birth after using the device outside the main research site in Cambridge.

Ms Finlayson-Wilkins said she was “thrilled” by her son’s safe arrival.

The new mother-of-two has Type 1 diabetes and wore the piece of kit throughout her pregnancy to produce insulin and prevent symptoms of the disease.

Three other mothers have previously given birth in Cambridge after using the device but by caesarean section.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-32531067

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