CenteringPregnancy is group prenatal care bringing women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting
“My doctor and nurse would lead the group on various topics, but it wasn't like a class: it was a discussion, a group of pregnant women together on a journey with health care providers investing in our well-being, our health, the health of our babies, and most importantly giving us a safe environment to learn the facts that would get us to our goals.”
Centering group prenatal care follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits, but each visit is 90 minutes to two hours long - giving women 10x more time with their provider. Moms engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure and recording their own health data with private time with their provider for belly check.
Once health assessments are complete, the provider and support staff "circle-up" with moms and support people. They lead facilitative discussion and interactive activities designed to address important and timely health topics while leaving room to discuss what is important to the group. Centering materials help moms and providers ensure that everything from nutrition, common discomforts, stress management, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and infant care are covered in group.
CenteringPregnancy brings 8-10 women all due at the same time together for their care. Providing care in this way allows moms and providers to relax and get to know each other on a much deeper and meaningful level. Members of the group form lasting friendships and are connected in ways not possible in traditional care.
Centering groups comprised of women of
different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds see those differences
diminish in importance as they share the common experience of pregnancy, birth,
and family care. Many continue on for family
centered well-child care through the first two years in CenteringParenting.
Take our Readiness Assessment to see how ready your prenatal care practice is to start Centering. A CHI representative will then contact you to talk about start-up options and answer any questions you have.