A family centered way to get care for moms, babies, and families

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH)
“It makes us feel like we’re not alone. A lot of times we think, 'I’m the only one going through this', but then you get to group and you’re like, 'Oh, I’m not the only one.'”
CenteringParenting Parent
 
Mary's Center (Washington, DC)

How It Works

Each CenteringParenting visit begins with individual well-child health assessments, immunizations, and developmental screenings that follow nationally recognized guidelines.

Parents are engaged in their baby’s care: tracking growth, immunizations, and oral health.

CenteringParenting recognizes the importance of not only the baby’s health but also the mom’s. In group, moms monitor their own health goals and address key topics including stress management, nutrition and weight, and family planning.

 
 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH)
 

The provider and support staff, lead the group in a discussion and interactive activities on topics including attachment, safe sleep, breastfeeding, nutrition, early literacy, development, and safety.

These fun, engaging activities and facilitated discussions guide moms through wellness and self-care, nutrition, interconception health, mindfulness, and family dynamics.

Parents are more informed, confident, and empowered to make healthier choices for themselves, their babies, and their families.

 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH)

We are meant to be in conversation with one another

CenteringParenting brings 6-8 moms, partners, support people and their same-age infants together in community with their healthcare providers and other parents who are experiencing similar things at the same time.

CenteringParenting fosters a safe and supportive environment to ask questions and creates lifelong bonds between families.

 

CenteringParenting has lasting benefits for the baby, parents, and family


Better Health Outcomes

Data has shown that Centering families have better attendance for their well-child visits. Better attendance leads to higher immunization rates, extended breastfeeding, and additional opportunities to screen for maternal mental health.

Self-Care

All of the activities, discussions, and parent materials in group reinforce healthy choices for the entire family.

Self-Confidence

Members of the group feel welcomed, respected, and listened to – giving them greater confidence in their parenting skills.

More Time with the Provider

Additional time with a provider creates an opportunity to screen for developmental milestones and mental health concerns, leading to earlier intervention and referrals.

Support & Friendship

CenteringParenting groups foster healthy family relationships, lasting friendships, and community connections.

Learning & Fun

Sharing questions and experiences, the members of the group learn and grow with each other and their facilitation team.

CenteringParenting works as either continuity care following your CenteringPregnancy groups or as standalone well-child care

Take our Readiness ssessment to see how ready your practice is to start Centering. A CHI representative will then contact you to talk about start-up options and answer any questions you have.