Centering group prenatal care follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits; however, each visit is 90 minutes to two hours long - giving women 10x more time with their provider. Moms can engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure and recording their own health data, along with private time with their provider for belly checks.
Once health assessments are complete, the provider and support staff "circle-up" with moms and support people. They lead facilitative discussions and interactive activities designed to address important and timely health topics, while also making time 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 is covered in group.
CenteringPregnancy brings 8-10 women that are 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 offered through traditional care.
Centering groups are comprised of women of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. These 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.
Benefits for mom and baby include:
Better health outcomes
More time with your provider
Active engagement in self-care with mom
Promoting self-confidence in expectant moms
Promoting support and friendship among group members