What is Prenatal Care? | UW Health Centering Pregnancy Program

>>We are so excited to be able
to offer Centering Pregnancy. It is a new model for providing
prenatal care for women in groups. So women are clustered by the
time when they’re due to deliver. So you’re kind of going through pregnancy
with a group of women that are due around the same time that you are. So being in a group of women where you can
share concerns, talk about issues that come up throughout pregnancy, learn about health,
learn about self-care, and have that kind of social support is really exciting. The beginning of the visit always start
with a one-on-one visit with your provider. So there’s a team of two providers
usually that are working with every group. So you’ll have your same team of
providers throughout your pregnancy. But the beginning of the visit
starts with an individual assessment. So you still have your blood pressure checked. And we listen to the baby’s heartbeat and
do all the things that we do during normal, you know, one-on-one prenatal care. But at the end of that time there’s
also a time for women to socialize. There’s a snack that’s provided,
and then there’s, you know, time for the group to interact. Centering Pregnancy has been
around for some time. But it’s really just in the past couple of years
that the data about the group prenatal care and the social support that you get in
centering, that data has really come out. And what we found is that not only is
there really high provider satisfaction and high patient satisfaction, but people tend
to initiate prenatal care a little bit earlier. They tend to be more likely to come to
the visits because they enjoy, you know, sort of the camaraderie of
the other women in the group. And there’s a lot of health
outcome data that we see now. Women are more likely to initiate
and sustain breastfeeding. There’s a lower likelihood that
women will have a preterm delivery or have a baby with low birth weight. And some of the health outcomes are
actually better because of that.

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