CenteringPregnancy is a type of group prenatal care that replace traditional prenatal office visits by bringing together 8-12 women of similar gestational age. Women and their partners will meet 10 times throughout their pregnancy at 2-4 week intervals with two resident physicians and one faculty physician. The resident physicians that lead the groups will also attend your delivery.
The Centering classes are based around the patient due date.
If you are due:
- March/April 2019 choose the group that meets 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4
- April/May 2019 choose the group that meets 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21
- June/July 2019 choose the group that meets 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/20, 6/27
- July/August choose the group that meets 2/12, 3/5, 4/2, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28, 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23
More time with your physician. CenteringPregnancy provides a chance to spend more quality time with your physician. The group visits are scheduled for 2 hours with no waiting room time and no extra time at the end for going to the laboratory. This is compared to the typical 10-15 minutes spent with a provider during a traditional office visit.
Easier scheduling. You can get your clinic visits scheduled for your entire pregnancy at your first visit. This will make it easier to plan for transportation and daycare.
Empowerment. You are able to take ownership of your health care by taking your own blood pressure, assisting with part of the assessment, and learning from peers. There is tremendous opportunity for education and discussion in a confidential space. The relationships developed between participating women during pregnancy are a great source of support for you and your support person.
Improved medical outcomes. Compared to traditional care, CenteringPregnancy has been proven to reduce the risk of having a preterm birth. This is likely due to increased support and education during pregnancy. It has been associated with other benefits, such as decreased need for pain medications during labor and increased breastfeeding rates.
What about Privacy? Checking fundal height and listening for the baby’s heartbeat will be completed in a private area. There will always be the opportunity for a private visit with the physician either after the group meeting or at a separate, regular office visit.