Centering Pregnancy Program
The CenteringPregnancy® Program is a form of group medical visits that alters routine prenatal care by bringing women out of exam rooms and into groups for their care. Women have their initial intake into their obstetric care in the usual manner with history and physical examination occurring within the office/clinic space. Then they are invited to join with 8-12 other women/couples/teens with similar due dates in meeting together regularly during their pregnancy. The groups form between 12 and 16 weeks of pregnancy and continue through the early postpartum period meeting every month for the first four months and then bi-weekly.
There are three main components of the program: assessment, education and support. Discussion topics include nutrition, exercise/relaxation, childbirth prep, pregnancy problems, post-partum issues, communication and self-esteerm, comfort measures, sexuality, abuse issues and parenting.
A Handbook has been designed with detailed instructions on how to develop the total program suitable to various agencies. It includes outlines of the ten individual sessions, worksheets, handouts and evaluation materials.
The Centering Pregnancy Program has multiple sites around the country, conducts national, regional and community training, has a newsletter and a comprehensive internet site at http://www.centeringpregnancy.com/
For more information, contact Sharon Schindler Rising MSN, CNM, FACNM
Centering Pregnancy & Parenting Association
558 Maple Avenue
Cheshire, CT 06410
Tel: (203) 271-3632
Fax: (203) 272-3460
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