CenteringPregnancy is the name given to a highly interactive mode of prenatal care that includes both the pregnant mother and her partner or support person. Adult learning theory tells us that most information is absorbed better and to a greater degree when adults interact and discuss subject matter. Centering capitalizes on this fact by providing a series of curriculum guided sessions that cover a variety of topics.
Centering group prenatal care has now been experienced by many couples who have had babies with BID-Plymouth. Centering has received rave reviews from the couples and especially from the fathers/partners in the groups.
A group of 6-8 couples travel through pregnancy together with a Nurse Midwife and medical assistant guiding their experience. A brief individual exam is included for each couple/woman prior to the beginning of the group session. A total of nine curriculum guided sessions cover a wide variety of topics that include normal discomforts of pregnancy, diet and exercise; fetal development; labor, delivery, breast feeding, post partum, and family adjustments as just part of the content.
You benefit from the discussion among couples who will be having babies in the same time period as you. You will have an hour and a half of time with a midwife answering questions and discussing your pregnancy concerns. These sessions are conducted on set days in the evenings and you receive your schedule for the entire pregnancy so your appointments for care are already scheduled. These nine sessions count as nine of the prenatal appointments you will need for the pregnancy. Many women like the convenience of evening appointments that are already scheduled ahead of time.
More information is given regarding Traditional and Centering prenatal care in the Information Session** each pregnant woman and her partner attend.
** We ask every mother and her partner to attend an information session prior to her first individual appointment. Whether it is your first pregnancy or tenth pregnancy, every woman needs information to begin her care. In this group session a complete presentation of that information is presented. You will learn about choices that you will need to make for the pregnancy. We discuss genetic screening options, provider and prenatal care options, as well as recommendations for diet, exercise and a host of other pregnancy topics.
• For more information, visit the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) website: http://centeringhealthcare.org/
• Centering TV Coverage: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/08/30/jordan-hospital-among-those-using-centering-for-prenatal-care/
Written by Agnes Densmore, CNM