CenteringPregnancy is a form of prenatal care that includes: one on one care with your OB provider for an individualized check-up and group sessions with other expectant mothers, with similar due dates. By going through their pregnancies together, sharing experiences and learning from one another, many patients find comfort that others are experiences the same things.
What Makes CenteringPregnancy Different?
Different from a traditional doctors’ appointment, patients enrolled in CenteringPregnancy actively participate in their prenatal care. Learning to take, record and monitor their blood pressure, BMI weight measurements and calculate weekly gestation.
Appointments are approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, allowing patients to communicate this information, ask questions or raise concerns with care providers.
CenteringPregnancy appointments are always scheduled on the same day at the same time. Making it possible to plan for childcare or make adjustments for other events months in advance.
CenteringPregnancy at Sisters OB/GYN Center
CenteringPregnancy is a nationally implemented best-practice model of patient-centered group prenatal care, and Sisters OB/GYN Center is the first accredited site in Buffalo, NY.
The centering model improves maternal outcomes, reduces prematurity and low birth weight rates. It provides more equitable care, includes a health assessment, education and support, significantly decreasing disparities in preterm birth. Learn more about the benefits of CenteringPregnancy at the Centering Healthcare Institute website.
Topics Discussed in Group Sessions
Group sessions are led by CenteringPregnancy® facilitators. Group session topics include, but are not limited to the following:
- Myth Busters: clearing up the misconceptions about pregnancy and childbirth
- Prenatal care/Testing
- Pregnancy Weight Gain
- Common Discomforts
- Infant Feeding: breast milk/formula
- Oral Care
- Birth Experience: pain management, stages of labor, after delivery, postpartum health