CenteringPregnancy® is a national program that has a proven record of better birth outcomes for women and their babies. Centering is prenatal care that includes an individual health check up with additional time and attention in a group setting. You will experience your pregnancy with the same health care providers along with other women who are due near the same time as you. Women may choose to have a partner attend the Centering Program with them. Women report that the experience of Centering brings them closer to their health care team and with other women. Pregnancy becomes a very special experience, for a very important life event.
Women are enrolled in the CenteringPregnancy Special Care after their first visit with the perinatologist.
The group will continue to meet through the post partum follow-up. The reunion is planned and is always such a joyous celebration. Women bring their babies and families and celebrate their experience.
CenteringPregnancy has benefits for moms, babies, and providers:
Numerous published studies show that Centering moms have healthier babies and that Centering nearly eliminates racial disparities in preterm birth.
Moms are actively engaged in their own healthcare and own their health information
Centering moms are better prepared for labor, delivery, and to care for their infant. Practices report fewer after-hours calls and emergency visits from Centering moms because they better understand what is normal during pregnancy and what is cause for concern.
Moms in Centering spend 10x more time with their provider than women in traditional care.
Women enjoy being with other women who are going through a similar experience, giving them an opportunity to support each other. Centering moms create lasting friendships and are wonderful resources to one another during a very exciting but also stressful time in their lives.
The most common word used to describe Centering is fun! Centering is based on the proven principle that when people are actively engaged and involved in a discussion with their peers, rather than being lectured or given a pamphlet, they will have greater understanding and are more likely to change their behavior.