252217 CenteringPregnancy: Engaging patients to create caring communities for healthy pregnancies

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:50 AM

Sharon Schindler Rising, MSN, CNM, FACNM , Centering Healthcare Institute, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
CenteringPregnancy is an interdisciplinary model of group prenatal care. It integrates the three major components of care: health assessment, education, and support, into a unified program within a setting where a group of women with similar gestational ages meet together, learn care skills, participate in facilitated discussion, develop a support network with the other members of the group and fosters the building of a community among the participants. Women are engaged as active participants in their own health care and are empowered to choose health-promoting behaviors. Pregnancy outcomes – specifically increased birth weight, reduced number of preterm births, increased antenatal knowledge and readiness for labor and delivery, and satisfaction with care– support the effectiveness of this model for the delivery of prenatal care. In this presentation, the CenteringPregnancy Model will be described and the results of this model of care will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
• Contrast traditional prenatal care with a group model of prenatal care • List the essential elements of the Center Pregnancy model of group prenatal care • Describe the role of patient engagement in this model of group prenatal care

Keywords: Prenatal Care, Pregnancy Outcomes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Sharon Schindler Rising is a certified nurse midwife with a masters degree in nursing from Yale. She is founder and chief executive of Centering Healthcare Institute
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.