North Central Family Medical Center is excited to offer an enhanced and popular model of prenatal care, called CenteringPregnancy®.
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 small group of women once a month throughout your pregnancy. These sessions are led by an obstetrician or certified nurse and mid-wife and last about two hours. Group participants spend more time with their provider and with other similar health concerns, giving them an opportunity to learn together and from each other.
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 experience 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. We do ask that the same person attend all of the sessions. 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 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.
CenteringPregnancy vs traditional model of care?
Your first prenatal visit will be an individual appointment with one of our physicians or midwives. If you are interested in Centering care, just let them know and you will be scheduled for a group that corresponds with your due date. The person you see at your first visit will be considered your primary provider; your Centering care provider will update this person during your pregnancy and you will likely have some individual visits with them toward the end of the pregnancy.
What happens at CenteringPregnancy sessions?
Educational topics frequently discussed at our sessions include:
- Preparing for labor and delivery
- 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.
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.