Centering Pregnancy Group Prenatal Care Provides Supportive Environment for Moms-to-Be

The Centering Pregnancy® method for prenatal care is part of a growing healthcare trend to combine preventive and wellness care with education and personal support.

A group model for prenatal care is bringing moms-to-be together for regular check-ups, education and support throughout their pregnancy. The Centering Pregnancy® method for prenatal care is part of a growing healthcare trend to combine preventive and wellness care with education and personal support.

Women participating in Centering Pregnancy® meet with a group of other moms-to-be with similar due dates. The group meets for ten sessions from early in the second trimester through post-partum. Through the months, the moms-to-be get to know each other, build community and gain confidence in their own knowledge and skills.
During each Centering Pregnancy® meeting, moms-to-be meet individually with their healthcare provider for a personal health assessment. The two-hour meeting ends with an educational session and group discussion. Discussions cover multiple topics including breastfeeding, nutrition and childbirth.

Women participating in Center Pregnancy® receive all their education in their group sessions, and don’t need to take time away from work or home to attend additional childbirth classes.

“Centering Pregnancy® allows check-ups, support and education to take place in one trip, so moms-to-be find they spend more time with the healthcare provider. Every minute of the session is focused on the mom-to-be and her baby, not spent sitting alone in a waiting room,” says Teresa Buell, CNM, Sanford Clinic Women’s Health.
The quality of prenatal care is equal to the one-on-one traditional form of care, but the depth and quality of the group discussions and support the women give each other make it a personalized experience.

Through this unique model of care, women are empowered to choose health promoting behaviors. Studies have shown an increased infant birth weight and fewer preterm deliveries, along with satisfaction expressed by both the mom-to-be and their provider support the effectiveness of this model, says Buell.