Video: How Centering Pregnancy Is Changing Prenatal Care
Centering Pregnancy Brings New Moms Together to Learn and Grow
Centering Pregnancy is changing the game for prenatal care with three major components: health assessment, education and support. Eight to twelve women who have a similar due date come together for discussions focused on pregnancy, birth, nutrition, breastfeeding, child care, safety and the concerns of being a new mom.
Health systems around the world are embracing the model of prenatal care known as CenteringPregnancy. Introduced in the early 90’s, CenteringPregnancy is prenatal care that brings women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting for health assessments, education and support.
Facilitated by physicians, nurse midwives and certified nurse practitioners, group discussions are focused on pregnancy, birth, nutrition, breastfeeding, child care, safety and the concerns of being new mom. This unique model empowers women to be actively engaged in their own healthcare, to learn more and become better prepared for childbirth and life with their new baby and it provides an opportunity for bonding and social support. This added support and education has statistically proven to improve health outcomes for the baby, and the mom.
“We take all the time that [expectant mothers] wait in the waiting room and in the office, and fill it up with education,” said Liz Geiger, a certified nurse practitioner with TriHealth. “They really connect with other women that are going to deliver their babies at the same time.”
TriHealth is supporting our patients by offering CenteringPregnancy though TriHealth Nurse Midwives, Good Samaritan Faculty Medical Center and OB-GYN Center at Bethesda North. OB-GYN Center at Bethesda North received official site approval through Centering Healthcare Institute in December 2017 and a new centering site opened on the Good Samaritan Hospital campus in March 2017.
Last Updated: March 20, 2017