In addition to traditional pregnancy care at the Olson Center, an alternative option is available to pregnant women. CenteringPregnancy is group prenatal care bringing women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting. Centering empowers patients, strengthens patient-provider relationships, and builds communities. Research has shown that women have better birth outcomes, are more likely to breastfeed, and 95% of Centering patients prefer it to individual care and would recommend it to others.
How it Works
CenteringPregnancy brings 8-10 women all due at the same time together for their care. Providing care in this way allows moms and providers to relax and get to know each other on a much deeper and meaningful level. Members of the group form lasting friendships and are connected in ways not possible in traditional care. Centering group prenatal care follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits, but each visit is 90 minutes to two hours long - giving women 10x more time with their provider. Moms engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure and recording their own health data with private time with their provider for belly check.
Once health assessments are complete, the provider and support staff "circle-up" with moms and support people. They lead facilitative discussion and interactive activities designed to address important and timely health topics while leaving room to discuss what is important to the group. Centering materials help moms and providers ensure that everything from nutrition, common discomforts, stress management, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and infant care are covered in group.