Bringing together expectant parents for a more connected prenatal care experience
CenteringPregnancy® is a group prenatal care program that brings together eight to ten expectant parents with similar pregnancy due dates in a comfortable group setting.
Jefferson Health, and hundreds of practice sites around the world, adopted the Centering model with the goal of improving pregnancy outcomes in a supportive and educational environment. CenteringPregnancy® enables expectant parents to take a more engaged and active role in their pregnancy care.
Benefits for Parents & Babies
Better Pregnancy Outcomes
Centering Healthcare Institute Inc. studies show that expectant parents who participate in CenteringPregnancy® have healthier babies, fewer preterm deliveries and improved pregnancy outcomes.
CenteringPregnancy® better prepares you for labor, delivery and infant care. Practices report fewer after-hours calls and emergency visits from CenteringPregnancy® parents because they better understand what is normal versus cause for concern during pregnancy.
You will take a more active role in your care by measuring your weight and blood pressure and recording your health data. CenteringPregnancy® enables greater engagement and understanding of your own prenatal health.
Extended Provider Time
Each CenteringPregnancy® session is extended to two hours so you will spend, on average, 10x more time with your provider compared to expectant parents receiving traditional prenatal care.
CenteringPregnancy® group members form lasting friendships and bonds. We receive many reports and photos of Centering children growing up together.
A Message from our Co-Directors
“Welcome to CenteringPregnancy®! We are pleased to offer a unique prenatal experience to all of our patients, whether they are having their first or fifth baby. Scientific studies tell us that patients who participate in CenteringPregnancy® have better pregnancy outcomes. Our patients tell us they love the learning, support and fun that comes from being part of the group growing babies together.
Each session is different, and along the way we are joined by a nutritionist, physical therapist, pediatrician, doula and a former patient participant. CenteringPregnancy® is fun, educational and empowering for you and your family, and we can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself.”
-Shannon Davids, MD & Abigail Wolf, MD
What to Expect
CenteringPregnancy® visits follow the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits with your physician or midwife provider starting around 14 weeks until the end of your pregnancy. Each visit is extended to approximately two hours, consisting of private, individual check-ins with your provider and group learning.
Your first CenteringPregnancy® prenatal visit with your provider includes:
- Complete physical exam
- Early pregnancy blood tests
- Genetic screening
- Medical history discussion
- Counseling options
Each visit thereafter will have two facilitators: your provider and one nurse, social worker or health provider who will lead the private check-ins and group meetings. The facilitators, expectant parents and their support people gather together once all of the individual check-ins are complete. At this time, the facilitators and guest speakers lead discussions and interactive activities about health topics relevant to the specific time in pregnancy, while also addressing topics chosen by the group.
Each group session has a general theme with members driving the discussion in the room. Topics include:
- Common discomforts of pregnancy
- Labor, birth and postpartum care
- Postpartum depression and mood disorders
- Choosing a pediatrician
When Does It Start?
You will be invited to join a CenteringPregnancy® group based on your due date. Beginning at 14-18 weeks, meetings will consistently take place on the same day of the week and at the same start time, and approximately run:
- Every four weeks until 28 weeks
- Every two 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 will receive a workbook to track your visits before they start. This book provides important information about pregnancy and has room for you to add personal thoughts and questions as well as track the progress of your pregnancy.
Make an Appointment
If you have questions about our program or managing your visit, please check out our FAQ page.