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Centering Healthcare Bibliography

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Hale N, Picklesimer A, Billings D, Covington-Kolb S. (2014) The impact of CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care on postpartum family planning. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 210:50.e1-7. 

Hale, N., Picklesimer, A., Billings, D., & Covington-Kolb, S. (2013). 96: The effect of CenteringPregnancy Group prenatal care on enrollment in the post-partum family planning Medicaid waiver program. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 208(1), S55-S55. 

Novick G, Reid A, Lewis J, Kershaw T, Rising SS, Ickovics J. (2013) Group prenatal care: model fidelity and outcomes. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 

Tanner-Smith E, Steinka-Fry K, Lipsey M. (2013) The Effects of CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care on Gestational Age, Birth Weight, and Fetal Demise. Modern Child Health Journal, DOI 10.1007/s10995-013-1304-z. 

Tanner-Smith E, Steinka-Fry K, Gesell S. (2013) Comparative Effectiveness of Group and Individual Prenatal Care on Gestational Weight Gain. Maternal Child Health Journal. 18:1711–1720. 

Tanner-Smith E, Steinka-Fry K, Lipsey M. (2013) Effects of CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care on Breastfeeding Outcomes. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 1526-9523/09. 

Picklesimer A., Billings D., Hale J., Blackhurst, D., and Covington-Kolb, S. (2012) The effect of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care on preterm birth in a low-income population. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Vol 206: 415. e1-7.  

Tandon SD, Colon L, Vega P, Murphy J, Alonso A. (2012) Birth Outcomes Associated with Receipt of Group Prenatal Care among Low-Income Hispanic Women. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 57(5):476-81. 

Gould Rothberg B, Magriples U, Kershaw T, Rising S, Ickovics J. (2011) Gestational Weight Gain and Subsequent Postpartum Weight Loss Among Young, Low-income, Ethnic Minority Women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. January 2011(52): 1-11. 

Ickovics JR, Reed E, Magriples U, Westdahl C, Rising SS, Kershaw TS. (2011) Effects of Group Prenatal Care on Psychosocial Risk in Pregnancy: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Psychological Health, 26(2): 235-250. 

Kennedy HP, Farrell T, Paden R, Hill S, Jolivet R, Cooper B, Rising SS. (2011) A Randomized Clinical Trial of Group Prenatal Care in Two Military Settings. Military Medicine, 176; 10/2011: 1169-1177. 

Shakespear K, Waite PJ, Gast J. (2010) A Comparison of Health Behaviors of Women in CenteringPregnancy and Traditional Prenatal Care. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 14: 202-206.  

Hackley B, Applebaum J, Wilcox W, Arevalo S. (2009) Impact of Two Scheduling Systems on Early Enrollment in a Group Prenatal Care Program. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 54(3): 168-175.  

Kershaw TS, Magriples U, Westdahl C, Rising SS & Ickovics J. (2009) Pregnancy as a Window of Opportunity for HIV Prevention: Effects of an HIV intervention delivered within prenatal care. American Journal of Public Health, 99 (11): 2079-86.  

Magriples U, Kershaw TS, Rising SS, Westdahl C, Ickovics JR. (2009) The Effects of Obesity and Weight Gain in Young Women on Obstetric Outcomes. American Journal of Perinatology. 26: 5; 365-71. 

Robertson B, Aycock DM, Darnell LA. (2009) Comparison of CenteringPregnancy to Traditional Care in Hispanic Mothers. Maternal Child Health Journal. 13:407-414. 

Skelton J, Mullins R, Langston LT, Womack S, Ebersole JL, Rising SS, Kovarik R. (2009) CenteringPregnancy Smiles: Implementation of a small group prenatal care model with oral health. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20 (2009): 545–553.  

Magriples U, Kershaw TS, Rising SS, Massey Z, Ickovics JR. (2008) Prenatal Health Care Beyond the Obstetrics Service: Utilization and predictors of unscheduled care. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 198(1):75.e1-7. 

Ickovics JR, Kershaw T, Westdahl C, Magriples U, Massey Z, Reynolds H, Rising, S. (2007) Group Prenatal Care and Perinatal Outcomes: A randomized controlled trial. Obstetrics and Gynecology,110(2), Part 1: 330-39. 

Milan S, Kershaw T, Lewis J, Westdahl C, Rising SS, Patrikios M, Ickovics J. (2007) Caregiving History and Prenatal Depressive Symptoms in Low-income Adolescents and Young Adult Women: Moderating and mediating effects. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31:241-251. 

Reid J. (2007) CenteringPregnancy®: A model for group prenatal care. Nursing for Women’s Health (AWHONN) 11(4): 384-88.  

Westdahl C, Milan S, Magriples U, Kershaw T, Rising SS, Ickovics JR. (2007) Social Support and Social Conflict as Predictors of Prenatal Depression. Obstetrics and Gynecology 110:1; 134-140.  

Baldwin K. (2006) Comparison of Selected Outcomes of CenteringPregnancy versus Traditional Prenatal Care. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 51(4): 266-272. 

Grady MA, Bloom K. (2004) Pregnancy Outcomes of Adolescents Enrolled in a CenteringPregnancy Program. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 49(5): 412-20. 

Ickovics JR, Kershaw T, Westdahl C, Rising SS, Klima C, Reynolds H, Magriples U. (2003) Group Prenatal Care and Preterm Birth Weight: Results from a matched cohort study at public clinics. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 102 (5, part 1): 1051-57. 


Picklesimer A, Herberlein E, Covington-Kolb S. (2015) Group Prenatal Care: Has its time come? Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. 13 March 2015. 

Xaverius P, Grady MA. (2014) CenteringPregnancy in Missouri: A system level analysis. The Scientific World Journal. Article 285386, 

Neil D, Vekved M, Dolan S, Siever J, Horn S, Tough S. (2013) A qualitative study of the experience of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care for physicians. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Vol 13.  

Trudnak TC, Arboleda E, Kirby RS, Perrin K. (2013) Outcomes of Latina women in CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care compared with individual prenatal care. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. July-Aug 58(4) 396-403. 

Vonderheid S, Klima C, Norr K, Grad MA, Westdahl C. (2013) Using Focus Groups and Social Marketing to Strengthen Promotion of Group Prenatal Care. Advances in Nursing Science. Vol 36. 

Herman J, Rodgers S, Ehrenthal D. (2012) Women's Perceptions of Pregnancy: A Focus Group Study. American Journal of Maternal Child Health. 37(1): 19-27. 

Novick G, Sadler L, Knafl K, Groce N, Kennedy H. (2012) The Intersection of Everyday Life and Group Prenatal Care for Women in Two Urban Clinics. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 23: 589-603. 

Novick G, Sadler LS, Knafl KA, Groce NE, Kennedy HP. (2012) "In a hard spot": Providing group prenatal care in two urban clinics. Midwifery. 

Baldwin K, Phillips G. (2011) Voices Along the Journey: Midwives’ perceptions of implementing the CenteringPregnancy model of prenatal care. Journal of Perinatal Education, Fall 2011; 20:4, pp. 210-17. 

Novick G, Sadler L, Kennedy HP, Cohen S, Groce N &, Knafl K. (2010) Women's Experience of Group Prenatal Care. Qualitative Health Research, January 2001 21(1): 97-116. 

Kennedy HP, Farrell T, Paden R, Hill S, Jolivet R, Willetts J, Rising SS. (2009) “I wasn’t alone”—a study of group prenatal care in the military. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 54(3): 176-183. 

International Articles

Benediktsson I, McDonald S, Vekved M, McNeil D, Dolan S, Tough S. (2013) Comparing CenteringPregnancy® to standard prenatal care plus prenatal education. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 13(Suppl 1), S5. 

Maier, B. J. (2013). Antenatal group care in a Midwifery Group Practice—A midwife’perspective. Women and Birth, 26(1), 87-89.  

McNeil, D. A., Vekved, M., Dolan, S. M., Siever, J., Horn, S., & Tough, S. C. (2013). A qualitative study of the experience of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care for physicians. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 13(Suppl 1), S6. 

Patil CL, Abrams ET, Klima C, Kaponda CP, Leshabari SC, Vonderheid SC, Kamanga M, Norr KF (2013) CenteringPregnancy-Africa: a pilot of group antenatal care to address Millennium Development Goals. Midwifery. 10: 1190-8. 

Andersson E, Christensson, & Hildingsson I. (2012) Parents' Experiences and Perceptions of Group-based Antenatal Care in Four Clinics in Sweden. Midwifery. 28(4), 502-508. 

McNeil DA, Vekved M, Dolan SM, Siever J, Horn S, Tough SC. (2012) Getting more than they realized they needed: a qualitative study of women’s experience of group prenatal care. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 12:17.  

Stoll KH, & Hall W. (2012). Childbirth Education and Obstetric Interventions Among Low-Risk Canadian Women: Is There a Connection? The Journal of Perinatal Education, 21(4), 229-237. 

Teate A, Leap N, Homer C. (2012) Midwives’ experiences of becoming CenteringPregnancy facilitators: A pilot study in Sydney, Australia. Women and Birth. 25:3; 

Homer C, Ryan C, Leap N, Foureur M, & Teate A. (2012) Group versus conventional antenatal care for pregnant women. The Cochrane Library. 

Gaudion A, Menka Y, Demilew J, Walton C, Yiannouzis K, Robbins J, & Bick D. (2011) Findings from a UK feasibility study of the CenteringPregnancy® model. British Journal of Midwifery, 19(12), 796-802. 

Gaudion A, Yiannouzis K. (2011) 12 Bumps are Better Than One. Midwives: The Official Magazine of the Royal College of Midwives. 3: 34-35.  

Teate A, Leap N, Rising, SS, & Homer, CS. (2011) Women's experiences of group antenatal care in Australia—the CenteringPregnancy Pilot Study. Midwifery, 27(2), 138-145. 

Gaudion A, Menka Y. (2010) No Decision About Me Without Me: CenteringPregnancy. The Practising Midwife, 13(10):15 -18.  

Centering Group Care and Practice Application

Bloomfield J, Rising SS. (2013) CenteringParenting: An Innovative Dyad Model for Group Mother-Infant Care. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. s1526-9523/09.

Lathrop B. (2013) A systematic review comparing group prenatal care to traditional prenatal care. Nursing for Women's Health 17(2): 118-130.

McKeever, A. (2013) Marrying CenteringPregnancy and Community Health Workers. Journal of Obstetric & Neonatal Nursing. Vol 42.

Foster G, Alviar A, Neumeier R, Wooten A. (2012) A Tri-Service Perspective on the Implementation of a Centering Pregnancy Model in the Military. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 41(2), 315-321.

Karsnitz D, Holcomb M (2012) CenteringPregnancy: An Evidence-Based Model of Prenatal Care in Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, 31Moore C. (2012) CenteringPregnancy for Military Families. Quickening. 43(1) 32.

Kolb K, Picklesimer A, Covington-Kolb S, Hines L. (2012) Centering Pregnancy Electives: A Case Study In The Shift Toward Student-Centered Learning In Medical Education. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association. Vol. 108 No 4.

Sheeder J, Weber Yorga K, Kabir-Greher K. (2012) A Review of Prenatal Group Care Literature: The need for a structured theoretical framework and systematic evaluation. Maternal Child Health Journal 16(1): 177-187.

Tanner-Smith E, Steinka-Fry K, Lipsey M. (2012) "A Multi-Site Evaluation of the CenteringPregnancy Programs in Tennessee", Final report presented to the Tennessee Department of Health. Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Rotundo G. (2011-2012) CenteringPregnancy: The benefits of group prenatal care. Nursing for Women's Health,15(6): 508-518.

Barr W, Aslam S, Levin M. (2011) Evaluation of a Group Prenatal Care-based Curriculum in a Family Medicine Residency. Family Medicine, Nov-Dec 43(10): 712-717.

Manant A & Dodgson J E (2011) Centering Pregnancy: An integrative literature review. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 56(2), 94-102.

DeFrancesco M Rising SS (2010) A New Way to be “Patient-centered” and Help Your Practice. The Female Patient, 35: 46-48.

Lu M, Kotelchuck M, Hogan V, Johnson K, Reyes C. (2010) Medical Care Research and Review.

Klima C, Norr K, Vonderheid S, Handler A. (2009) Introduction of CenteringPregnancy in a Public Health Clinic. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 54 (1): 27-34.

Rising SS, Senterfitt C. (2009) Repairing Health Care: Building relationships through groups. Creative Nursing, 15 (4): 178-83.

Rising SS, Jolivet R. (2009) Circles of Community: The CenteringPregnancy© group prenatal care model. In Birth Models That Work, eds. Davis-Floyd R, Barclay L, Daviss BA, and Tritten J. Berkeley and London: University of California Press, chapter 13, pp. 365-384.

Stemig C. (2008) CenteringPregnancy: Group prenatal care. Creative Nursing, Vol. 14 (4): 182-83.

Walker D, & Worrell R. (2008) Promoting healthy pregnancies through perinatal groups: a comparison of CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care and childbirth education classes. The Journal of Perinatal Education. 17(1), 27.

Reid J. (2007). Centering Pregnancy®: A model for group prenatal care. Nursing for women's health. 11(4), 382-388.

Carlson NS, Lowe N. (2006) Centering Pregnancy: A new approach in prenatal care. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 31 (4): 218-23.

Massey Z, Rising SS, Ickovics J. (2006) CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care: Promoting relationship-centered care. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 35(2):286-94.

Walker D, Rising SS. (2004-5) Revolutionizing Prenatal Care: New evidence-based prenatal care delivery models. Journal of NY State Nurses Association, Fall/Winter 2004/2005: 18-21.

Novick G. (2004) CenteringPregnancy and the Current State of Prenatal Care. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 49(5):405-11.

Rising SS, Kennedy HP, Klima C. (2004) Redesigning Prenatal Care Through CenteringPregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 49(5): 398-404.

Klima C. (2003) Centering Pregnancy: A model for pregnant adolescents. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 48 (3): 220-25.

Rising SS. (1998) Centering Pregnancy: An interdisciplinary model of empowerment. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery. 43(1): 46-54.

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