We are excited to offer group prenatal care, also known as CenteringPregnancy®!
What is Centering?
CenteringPregnancy® brings together 8-12 expecting moms who are due around the same time, for 10 two-hour routine prenatal care visits. During each visit, you engage in your own care by checking your weight and blood pressure, recording your own health data, and having private time with a provider for a belly check. This active participation makes you more aware of your results and what it means to your and your baby’s health. The remaining time is a facilitated group discussion on health topics related to your pregnancy.
CenteringPregnancy® has benefits for moms, babies, and providers.
Better Health Outcomes: Increased rates of breastfeeding, reduced risk of preterm delivery, reduced rate of low birth weights.
Self-Care: You are actively engaged in your own healthcare and own your health information.
Self-Confidence: Centering better prepares you for labor, delivery, and to care for your infant.
More time with a provider: While enrolled in Centering, you will spend 10 times more time with a provider than women in traditional care. There is also no waiting, groups will start and end on time.
Support and Friendship: A special community develops within Centering groups. You will have the opportunity to support other expectant moms who are going through a similar experience. Fellow moms are a wonderful resource during this very exciting, yet stressful time.
Learning and Fun: Centering is fun and interactive! Participants are empowered to share and learn from others in the group.
WHO CAN I BRING?
You may bring one support person with you, it is helpful if it is the same person each visit. To ensure the focus stays on mom, we ask that children not attend the group sessions. No childcare will be provided.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Group prenatal care will be billed in the same fashion as traditional prenatal visits. The only additional cost is $24.00 for the CenteringPregnancy® notebook, which will be used throughout all 10 sessions.
HOW TO SIGN UP:
To sign up for CenteringPregnancy®, ask your provider at your first prenatal visit. You can also call our clinic at 217.366.1255. We will provide you a schedule for session dates that will carry throughout your pregnancy.
The health and safety of you and your baby are the highest priority for our team. The pandemic of COVID-19 is changing quickly around the world and locally. Centering sessions are set to begin early Summer 2020. Session Schedules will be posted once available.