These are the questions we hear most frequently from our patients regarding Centering groups.
No. Centering Pregnancy groups are billed the same way as traditional one-on-one visits. Therefore, no additional fees are charged above whatever you would pay for routine prenatal care. If you have any questions about your insurance benefits or billing, please ask to speak to a financial counselor.
Possibly… We try to have the same midwife and nurse co-facilitate all 10 of the group meetings. However, there are often instances when the midwife is unable to be at a group due to educational conferences or vacation. When this happens, one of the other midwives will substitute. Many patients also meet another midwife at an individual visit if they are having a problem between groups or if they cannot attend a scheduled Centering group. We also have opportunities such as our bi-monthly hospital tours when patients can meet additional midwives. Centering patients have reported that when they have a midwife at their birth with whom they have not met prior to the delivery, they are so happy with the experience of Centering and felt they have bonded quickly with the midwife who is there at their birth.
Routine prenatal labs can be drawn before, during or after Centering groups. Ultrasounds are typically performed off site at one of our ultrasound units and can be ordered during a Centering group.
If you know that you will miss a scheduled Centering group, you can schedule a traditional one-on-one visit around the same time to take its place. If you know that you will miss numerous groups, it may make more sense to do one-on-one care.
We will be happy to see you in clinic for a problem visit between Centering groups.
We don’t allow anyone under the age of 13 to attend Centering groups. Unfortunately, we don’t have any childcare available during our groups.
Yes! Most groups allow you to bring a support person with you. Because of the size of the room, we may ask that you only bring one person. If your loved one cannot attend the entire session, they can come at the beginning to hear the baby’s heartbeat and have a chance to ask the midwife any questions.
Centering groups typically last about 2 hours. During the first 30 or so minutes participants will take their own blood pressure and weight (after instruction) and then have an individual assessment by a midwife to measure fundal height and listen to the baby’s heartbeat. During this time, participants enjoy time to socialize. After the individual assessments, the group meets in a circle and we discuss a variety of educational topics pertinent to where participants are in their pregnancy. We can discuss whatever is most important to the group. Common topics include childbirth preparation, nutrition, infant care, infant feeding, postpartum adjustment, safety, contraception and much, much more. Sometimes we have guest speakers come for the end of the group. We have had yoga instructors, doulas, lactation consultants, pelvic health specialists, psychiatrists and pediatricians. We can tailor the educational topics to what the group wants to know! Food is offered and we have fun!
The schedule of Centering groups is the same as one-on-one care. Groups meet monthly for the first 4 groups and then every two weeks for a total of 10 groups. Occasionally, holidays will require that we make a change to the intervals. Groups meet once everyone has delivered for a reunion.