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Frequently Asked Questions about CenteringPregnancy

What is CenteringPregnancy?
CenteringPregnancy is a new option for prenatal care offered by University Specialty Clinics and the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Women with similar due dates participate in 10 group sessions led by the same physician or nurse practitioner. Each group session includes a physical assessment, private time with the health care provider and group time for discussion of pregnancy issues. CenteringPregnancy is a way for expectant moms to be more actively involved in their own care and to share learning and experiences with other pregnant women.

What does a CenteringPregnancy group session usually include?

  • Prenatal care check-up
  • Weight and blood pressure monitoring
  • Private time with your health care provider
  • Important information and resources for you and your baby
  • Time to talk about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care
  • An opportunity to get to know other women in your group
  • Time to talk about parenting, child development and family issues

What benefits does CenteringPregnancy provide?
CenteringPregnancy provides a fun, engaged way for women to receive prenatal care.  In addition to building a community of friends, women often find comfort in sharing similar experiences with other women. Research has shown that CenteringPregnancy can improve patient satisfaction and health outcomes for mom and baby. Patients also enjoy a patient-friendly format to prenatal care where group sessions start on time, thus eliminating time spent in a waiting room.

How are CenteringPregnancy groups organized?
CenteringPregnancy groups are organized by the due date month.

Do patients have the option to choose CenteringPregnancy or traditional prenatal visits?
Absolutely, patients who prefer to have one-on-one visits with their doctor may choose to have traditional prenatal care. University Specialty Clinics and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are pleased to provide our patients with multiple options for prenatal care.

Where do the CenteringPregnancy group sessions take place?
Centering pregnancy groups are offered at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s downtown location at Two Medical Park.

Who is an ideal candidate for CenteringPregnancy?
Women who are likely to experience low-risk pregnancies are ideal candidates.

Will an ultrasound be included as part of the CenteringPregnancy program?
Ultrasound screenings will be scheduled by a provider as an individual appointment.

Will my insurance provider cover the costs of CenteringPregnancy?
CenteringPregnancy is recognized as a prenatal care option by insurance providers and involves no additional costs to participants.

How do I register for CenteringPregnancy?
For more information about CenteringPregnancy or to register for the program, call (803) 545-5762.