Are you Centering?
Thanks to March of Dimes and Newborn Hope, Centering Pregnancy, a new and innovative approach for women to receive prenatal care, is now available for patients of Pueblo Community Health Center. The mom-to-be begins care with a traditional one-on-one visit with their physician or midwife, but that’s where similarity to usual care ends.
Women are grouped together by due date (typically ten each group) and begin meeting for their prenatal care together. Each group meets for two hours for ten sessions throughout their pregnancy and early postpartum. This unique model empowers women to choose healthy behaviors and seek the support of their peers experiencing similar issues and concerns at similar times throughout their pregnancies.
While the benefits of group support are obvious, what is even more important is that this format actually gives the patient 10x more face time with their provider than traditional care. At the beginning of each appointment, moms take their own weight and blood pressure and record their own health data. They then have private time with their provider at each appointment before the group “circles up” and the facilitated discussion begins. Topics discussed over the ten sessions include nutrition, common discomforts, stress management, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and infant care with supportive materials provided.
At PCHC, traditional, one-on-one care is still available for any woman who wants it. CenteringPregnancy is a supportive and innovative alternative for those wishing to experience a different approach to prenatal care.
To learn more about becoming a patient at PCHC or learning about CenteringPregnancy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.