Jefferson University Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Jefferson Health CenteringPregnancy® team is here to answer all of your questions, starting with the frequently asked questions below.

Who can participate in CenteringPregnancy®?

All patients are welcome to participate, whether you are pregnant with your first baby or your fifth baby. Some patients with complicated pregnancies may see the high-risk providers in addition to their CenteringPregnancy® prenatal visits.

What does CenteringPregnancy® cost?

CenteringPregnancy® is covered by ALL insurance plans so there is no cost to you. We provide a light meal thanks to generous former patients.

When does a CenteringPregnancy® program start for patients?

You will be invited to join a CenteringPregnancy® group based on your due date. Beginning at 14-18 weeks, meetings will consistently take place at the same time and day of week, running:

  • Every four weeks until 28 weeks
  • Every two weeks until delivery

Additional visits may be scheduled as needed. You will receive a workbook to track your visits before they start.

When are the CenteringPregnancy® appointments held?

Once you are assigned to a group, your group will meet at the same time and day of week throughout the pregnancy. Although daytime sessions are also available, most sessions meet from 5 - 7 p.m. to fit into the work schedules of patients and their support people. Light meals are provided during the evening sessions.

Can I participate in CenteringPregnancy® if I have a high-risk pregnancy?

Almost all pregnant patients are candidates for CenteringPregnancy®. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may continue to see your high-risk providers for any prenatal complications, in addition to your CenteringPregnancy® prenatal visits.

Are there any special CenteringPregnancy® groups?

There is a special Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research (MATER) CenteringPregnancy® group for pregnant patients with substance use disorder.

Can other support people join the CenteringPregnancy® group?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot have any additional people in the building.  Under normal circumstances, expectant parents are encouraged to bring a support person with them. This is usually the person who will be with you in labor. We cannot allow children in the group.

What languages are spoken in the CenteringPregnancy® meetings?

Currently, all groups are led by English speakers. All participants must be able to speak enough English to participate in one-on-one and group discussions.

How do I sign up for CenteringPregnancy®?

To learn more or to make an appointment, call our CenteringPregnancy® team at 215-955-4642.

More Questions?

Please speak with your provider or call us at 215-955-4642. You can also view additional Frequently Asked Questions about managing your Jefferson Health OBGYN visit.