Centering is better care, better health, and lower cost

Mary's Center (Washington, DC)

New White Paper Released

Aligning Value-Based Payment with CenteringPregnancy

Evidence suggests CenteringPregnancy reduces costs, improves outcomes and leads to high satisfaction.

This holistic model can be sustainably financed along the continuum of value-based payment using a variety of approaches. Policy makers, payers and providers can work together to integrate group prenatal care and value based-payment within maternity care. In Medicaid, the largest payer for maternity care, states have the opportunity to offer the CenteringPregnancy model of care to more women as part of their emerging payment and delivery system reforms.

Better Care

Centering is patient-centered care. The visit schedule and content follow nationally recognized guidelines with flexibility and time to explore health and wellness topics that fit the group's needs. Receiving healthcare in a group setting leads to greater engagement, learning, and self-confidence.

Patients and providers say - “It’s better care!”

Better Health Outcomes

CenteringPregnancy decreases the rate of preterm and low weight babies, increases breastfeeding rates, and leads to better pregnancy spacing. In CenteringParenting family centered well-child care, there is better attendance at recommended visits and improved immunization rates.

CenteringPregnancy has been shown to nearly eliminate racial disparities in preterm birth. African American women, who are at higher risk for preterm birth in the US, experience lower risk of preterm birth when enrolled in CenteringPregnancy than in traditional care.

Lower Cost

The cost of preterm birth and related conditions is more than 10x that of a healthy baby. Centering could save the healthcare system $8 billion each year by preventing preterm birth alone.

Imagine the savings that could be achieved from other emerging benefits like lower rates of gestational diabetes, improved detection and treatment of postpartum depression, improved breastfeeding, and better pregnancy spacing.


9.93% of U.S. babies were born preterm in 2017, increasing for the third year in a row

$26 billion

The cost of preterm baby care in the first year

Centering could prevent more than 150,000 of all preterm births at a savings of $8 billion in the first year alone. Significant savings continue for these children into adulthood.

Centering is changing healthcare delivery as we know it


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Evaluation & Research

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