Improving prenatal care and outcomes through CenteringPregnancy™
Starting in July, MUSC will be offering a new model of prenatal care to their patients called CenteringPregnancy. CenteringPregnancy offers group sessions with a healthcare provider and co-facilitator that meet a total of ten times, for about two hours each session, starting at twelve weeks of gestation. There are typically 8 to 10 women in these sessions who are due in the same month, who receive all the typical health evaluations like blood work and ultrasounds. This option will be offered to all women who are low risk, with no anticipated problems for the pregnancy.
This model allows for superior care for all women in the group, through more time with healthcare professionals and more information as well as a sense of community. Each session has a general topic depending on the stage of pregnancy such as nutrition, common aches and pains of pregnancy or contraception information for after delivery. Each session also allows ample time for women to voice their questions and concerns, answers to which often benefit the whole group. This type of care allows for better relationships, more information and less stress than traditional care, making sure you have all the time and answers you need.
CenteringPregnancy practices have been shown to lower rates of preterm birth and underweight babies as well as higher breastfeeding rates among mothers. It empowers women to play a more active role in their pregnancy and insures that they have the answers to all of their questions. Women have also said it was nice to be around other women going through the same thing, often the sessions result in lasting friendships.
MUSC will be one of the first places in South Carolina to offer this model of care and will be part of a state-wide study to measure its effectiveness. Other institutions, such as the Boston Medical Center and Vanderbilt's University Medical Center have also begun offering CenteringPregnancy to improve their prenatal care. According to Vanderbilt University, almost 97% of women prefer CenteringPregnancy care over traditional care.
If interested, call (843) 792-5300.
What are the benefits?
-Visits are pre-scheduled and two hours long. You won't have to schedule your visits, wait in line, or be rushed through on a busy day.
-Each session has a topic that you may have not thought of before and offers time for questions. Your peers in the session are likely to ask questions that you have been wondering about yourself, or that will benefit you in your own pregnancy.
- These practices have been shown to lower rates of preterm birth and underweight babies as well as higher breastfeeding rates among mothers.
- CenteringPregnancy allows you to build relationships with both your health care provider and other women of a similar gestational age. This allows you to create friends and contacts with women who are going through the same thing as you and can be helpful even after giving birth.
-You will benefit from the group experience but will also be able to maintain your privacy during individual assessments.
-You will have access to your own chart, testing results and progress as well as being involved in your assessment. Participants learn how to take their own blood pressure, weight measurements and determine gestational ages. You will record all of this in your own notebook which can be kept as a keepsake for after you deliver.
-Each session will include a healthy snack!
Still not sure? CenteringPregnancy is an option for care and patients can give it a try through a group intake session. In this introductory session a facilitator will discuss all options for care including centering and general resources and tips.
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