Centering Pregnancy

North Central Family Medical Center is excited to offer an enhanced and popular model of prenatal care, called CenteringPregnancy®.

North Central Family Medical Center is recognized as an Approved Centering Pregnancy Site by the Centering Healthcare Institute.

What is Centering?

Centering is a model of group care delivery that is changing how people think about their care.

How does CenteringPregnancy work?

If you choose CenteringPregnancy for your prenatal care, you will meet with the same group of women throughout your pregnancy, learning and growing together. These sessions will be co-led by your provider and a nurse and will last about two hours. Group participants spend more time with their provider than in traditional prenatal care settings, giving them an opportunity to learn from one another and share common joys and concerns of pregnancy.

Who is a good candidate for CenteringPregnancy?

Everyone! Women who have had several babies before often find they learn new things during Centering and also have great experiences to share with those pregnant for the first time.

What about Partners?

Partners or other support persons are welcome to be involved in Centering care! If you do have children, we ask that you arrange care for them so that you can focus on your own care and learning during your Centering appointments.


Centering groups are comprised of women of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds that share the common experience of pregnancy, birth, and family care. This helps create lasting friendships and ties that are deeply connected by shared experiences.

What happens at CenteringPregnancy sessions?

Women will be invited into a room designed for Centering in which they learn to take part in some of their own prenatal care by taking their own blood pressure and weight and recording them in their own book. Most of their appointment will take place in the Centering room. They will be able to enjoy healthy snacks as they learn with other pregnant women (and support people) about several topics, including:

  • Nutrition
  • Common Discomforts in Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Preparing for labor and delivery
  • Contraception
  • Parenting and newborn care, as well as the physical changes women experience during pregnancy.
  • With individual care you have about 3 hours with a provider during the whole pregnancy; in Centering you will have over 16 hours of time to learn, ask questions and make new friends.

    What are Women Saying About Centering?

    “It’s very helpful and fun and they really make sure all the girls are taken care of.”

    “It’s the best thing to get care like this because you can learn from other women that are pregnant, who are going through the same things you are.”

    “It makes you feel like you have support if you feel like you’re alone.”

    “It helped me from being scared to being ready.”

    It’s the best way to get the information you need, and with good support.”

    “The best part is hearing different stories and the things the other ladies were experiencing.”

    “I would recommend it. It was fun and very helpful.”


    Centering brings patients out of the exam room and into a group setting. They receive the highest quality care and, as part of an ongoing group, form a supportive community where they develop skills and confidence to take control of their health.

    If you have any questions regarding our innovative prenatal care services, please contact us at 803-325-7744 today.