Centering Parenting

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Centering Parenting brings 6-8 moms, partners, support people, and their same-age infants together in community with their healthcare providers and other parents who are experiencing similar things at the same time.

Centering Parenting fosters a safe and supportive environment to ask questions and creates lifelong bonds between families.

Centering Parenting Benefits include:


Better Health Outcomes

Data has shown that Centering families have better attendance for their well-child visits. Better attendance leads to higher immunization rates, extended breastfeeding, and additional opportunities to screen for maternal mental health.

"Centering Parenting has lasting benefits for the baby, parents and family."



All of the activities, discussions, and patient materials in group reinforce healthy choices for the entire family.

"These sessions not only focus on my child's health and well-being but my whole family's as well!"



Members of the group feel welcomed, respected, and listened to - giving them greater confidence in their parenting skills.

"I love coming to my Centering group. I always feel welcome and supported by the other mommies and facilitators."


More Time with the Provider

Additional time with a provider creates an opportunity to screen for developmental milestones and mental health concerns, leading to earlier intervention and referrals.

"We have more time with the provider and no time in the waiting room!"


Support & Friendship

Centering Parenting groups foster healthy family relationships, lasting friendships, and community connections.

"It makes us feel like we are not alone. A lot of times we think, 'I'm the only one going through this,' but then you get to group, and you realize, 'Oh, I'm not the only one!'"


Learning & Fun

Sharing questions and experiences, the members of the group learn and grow with each other and the facilitation team.

"I always learn something new. They make every session so much fun and interactive with group discussions and activities. They even have special guests come in."
"My favorite session has to be when they demonstrated infant massages."

You can learn more about Centering Parenting in this short video from the Centering Healthcare Institute:

If you'd like to talk further with someone about Centering Parenting, please call 828-257-4730.

If you'd like to learn more about Centering Pregnancy (offered at MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists), please click here.

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