Centering Pregnancy (CP) is a model of group care that integrates the three major components of care: Health assessment, education, and support, into a unified program within a group setting. Centering model’s evidence showing statistically significant improvements in 1) birth weights of infants born prematurely (gain of 400 gm), 2) a lengthening in the gestation of the babies born prematurely (34 weeks group vs. 32 weeks individual), 3) increased rates of breastfeeding, 4) higher satisfaction with care, and 5) feelings of increased preparation and knowledge. This article describes current efforts at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) to implement the CP program.
preterm birth, prenatal care, pregnancy, pregnancy outcome, midwifery, Centering Pregnancy, Iowa
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