Small Group Prenatal Care Approach
CenteringPregnancy is an interactive mode of prenatal care that includes both the pregnant mother and her partner or support person in small group sessions. Information is absorbed better and to a greater degree in a more intimate and comfortable group setting. The groups provide a series of curriculum-guided sessions covering a variety of topics.
CenteringPregnancy's prenatal care model has received rave reviews from couples, but especially from the partners in the groups.
More About Centering Care Groups
A group of 6-8 couples journey through pregnancy together with a nurse-midwife and medical assistant guiding their experience. A brief individual exam is included for each participant prior to the beginning of the group session. A total of nine curriculum-guided sessions cover a variety of topics such as: normal discomforts of pregnancy, diet and exercise, fetal development, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, post partum, and family adjustments.
You will benefit from discussions with those who will be having babies around 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 or support person 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. You will learn about important 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 on the Centering group model of care, visit the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) website.