CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care

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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
  • Nutrition/Exercise
  • Pregnancy Weight Gain
  • Common Discomforts
  • Safety
  • Infant Feeding: breast milk/formula
  • Oral Care
  • Birth Experience: pain management, stages of labor, after delivery, postpartum health

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I Eligible to Join?

CenteringPregnancy® is available to women who have low-risk pregnancies (i.e. no major anticipated problems).

To enroll, please call to make an appointment.

When Can I Join?

Moms usually join in the second trimester, although you can begin at any time.

How Frequent are My Appointments?

You will meet with your group a total of 10 times – once a month during the first five months of your pregnancy, and then every other week afterwards. During the last month of pregnancy, you will have individual appointments with your provider, on opposite weeks of your group meeting.

In total, you receive the same number of appointments with an OB/GYN as other moms who are not in the program and are having traditional OB/GYN office visits for their care.

Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Can I Bring Someone with Me to My Appointments?

You are welcome to bring a support person with you to your appointments.

Where Can I Deliver My Baby?

Our moms deliver at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Learn about the amenities that we offer.

Who Will Deliver My Baby?

The attending OB/GYN at Sisters Hospital will manage your delivery.

Is this Program Covered By Insurance?

CenteringPregnancy® is covered by most insurances, including Medicaid. If you do not have Medicaid, we can help you to enroll at your first appointment.