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Abstract

Health disparities exist among Iowa’s childbearing women, with preterm birth affecting Hispanic and African-American women at disproportionate rates compared to white women. Black women are also more likely than whites or Hispanics to deliver a low-birthweight infant. CenteringPregnancy is a model of group prenatal care that may help reduce these disparities. Preliminary studies show increased birthweight, decreased incidence of preterm birth, and greater knowledge about pregnancy in Centering participants. This model should be considered for implementation and study in Iowa.

Keywords

Centering pregnancy, group prenatal care, health disparities, low birthweight, preterm birth

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Copyright © Elizabeth M. Potter, 2010.

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