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CenteringPregnancy® is group prenatal care that follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits with your physician. These visits are approximately two hours long and result in more time with your provider - which means less time sitting idle in a waiting room.

Eight to 10 women, all due around the same time, are brought together for their care. This allows moms-to-be and providers to get to know one another on more relaxing and meaningful levels. Members form lasting friendships and become connected in ways not possible with traditional care.

How Does It Work?

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Your first prenatal visit consists of a complete physical, early pregnancy blood tests, ordering an ultrasound, genetic screening and discussing your medical history. Counseling options will also be available.

Each visit after that will have two facilitators, a physician or nurse-practitioner and another nurse, social worker or health provider. 

During the visits, expectant mothers engage in their care by taking their own weight, blood pressure and recording their own health data in addition to the private time with their doctor and the group meetings.

Once all the individual assessments are complete, the staff, pregnant women and their support people gather together. At this time, the facilitators lead discussions and interactive activities designed to address important and timely health topics, while also leaving room to talk about what's important to the group.

Each meeting has a general theme, but the content is driven by members in the room. There's time in every meeting to discuss what's important to everyone. Topics explored include:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Common discomforts of pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Labor, birth and postpartum care

Guest speakers will also participate in meetings and topics, appropriate to their expertise. 

Why Does CenteringPregnancy Work?

Expecting moms are taught the skills and given the tools required to keep a record of their health and pregnancy - which they won't be doing alone. During CenteringPregnancy®:

  • Women spend 10x more time with their provider compared to women in traditional care.
  • Women are better prepared for labor, delivery and infant care - fewer after-hours calls and emergency visits are reported by practices from moms who participated in CenteringPregnancy®.
  • Women have healthier babies based on published studies that nearly eliminates racial disparities in preterm birth. 

CenteringPregnancy® works for many mothers-to-be because when you're active, involved and engaged in your pregnancy - rather than just being instructed on what to do and handed reading materials - a healthier understanding of yourself and your baby takes place.

When Does It Start?

You’ll be invited to join a CenteringPregnancy® group based on your due date. Meetings will consistently take place on the same day of the week and start time, beginning at 14-18 weeks and approximately run:

  • Every 4 weeks until 28 weeks
  • Every 2 weeks until delivery

Additional visits may be scheduled as needed. Being a part of the CenteringPregnancy® group doesn’t eliminate or limit time with your provider, but expands it.

You’ll receive a calendar to track your visits before they start.

Make an Appointment

To learn more about CenteringPregnancy® at Jefferson as well as our Maternity and Obstetric Services, call 215-955-5000.