Centering Pregnancy is a model of prenatal care that includes a traditional health checkup with additional time and attention in a group setting. You’ll meet with your provider and other women who are due near the same time for 10 sessions during your pregnancy. Centering Pregnancy is a way for you to share learning and experiences with other pregnant women and to be involved in your own care.
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform." -- Diane Mariechild
At your first OB visit, or NEST group, your provider will let you know if you are eligible to participate in our Centering Pregnancy program.
What do Centering Pregnancy appointments usually include?
- Your prenatal care check-up
- Your weight and blood pressure monitoring
- Private time with your health care provider
- Important information and resources for you and your baby
- Time to talk about pregnancy, childbirth, and family
- Time to get to know other women in your group
- Time to talk and share about parenting, child development, and family issues
Do I have to participate in these groups if I do not want to?
We encourage you to try! The vast majority of women/couples are hesitant to join a group of people they do not know. However, group members quickly get to know each other and love coming to their groups! We encourage you to try group care. After your third group visit, if you would like to change to traditional visits with a provider, we will make this change for you.
What if I am interested in the groups yet cannot commit to a two-hour appointment each time?
It may be the case that your schedule does not fit with the group times we have. Many women receiving traditional OB care find that they are often in the office for close to two hours (from check in to check out). When you are in a Centering Group, you will go directly to your group room where you are busy learning and sharing from the moment you arrive. NO WAITING!!
What if I have a high-risk condition?
Some patients with “high-risk” conditions can still be in group care. These patients may need a few extra appointments for extra ultrasounds or counseling visits related to their conditions. Ask your provider if you are a candidate.
What else do I need to know about this option of group care?
Our goal is to make sure you have a great experience with us! If you choose group care, you will receive a beautiful bag and notebook full of personal and group information, resources, and planning guides to help you along the way. At each group session you will get additional handouts AND healthy snacks are provided at each visit!
"Centering is incredibly educational. All the information shared on prenatal care, giving birth, and postnatal care is empowering. I feel extra supported sharing the experience with other pregnant women and the wonderful MAHEC staff." -- Jennifer, a MAHEC Centering patient
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!