The popular group prenatal care model is good for moms and babies before delivery and beyond.
Meg Berreth is a certified nurse midwife at the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Centering Pregnancy is a group model of care during pregnancy — a wonderful way to receive routine prenatal care with other women who are due to deliver around the same time.
Pregnant women are grouped by due date and meet throughout the entire pregnancy. Patients have their individual assessments — basics such as weight, blood pressure, routine labs, individual concerns — as they would at a one-on-one prenatal visit at the beginning of the group meeting.
The remainder of the meeting time is spent reviewing a wide variety of educational content including information on breastfeeding, labor preparation, parenting, stress reduction, nutrition and much, much, more! The group is co-faciliated by a midwife and a nurse who are both trained in the Centering Pregnancy model. Patients are welcome to bring an adult support person with them or come on their own.
Research has shown that participating in Centering Pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of preterm birth. In addition, women who do group prenatal care report greater satisfaction with their care. I have been so thrilled to see how close the groups become through the pregnancy. We organize a reunion for all the participants after their babies are born and many of the groups continue to have reunions and play dates after their babies are born.