Centering is a unique style of prenatal care as a group. Its aim is to build a community that empowers women to be actively involved in their own care and better equipped to make healthy choices throughout their pregnancy and beyond. Expectant mothers meet for 10 sessions with a group of 8-10 other pregnant women with similar due dates. Each time a group meets, women have the chance to record their pregnancy progress, check their baby, address specific concerns one-on-one with their provider, and discuss pregnancy issues that are relevant to them as a group, including exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, signs of labor, breastfeeding, new baby care and postpartum issues. Centering is a prenatal check up, nurse visit, and childbirth education all in one appointment!
Why choose Centering Pregnancy?
Centering provides a fun way to learn interactively while also building community with other pregnant women who are going through similar experiences. Centering Pregnancy has shown to have positive outcomes for women who participate, including higher birth weights, lower rates of preterm delivery, and more initiation of breastfeeding at birth. Women benefit from more time with their provider, enjoy snacks during their appointments, and groups always start and end on time- no more waiting in the waiting room!
Who can participate in Centering Pregnancy?
Centering is currently offered to all of our low-risk prenatal patients in both Spanish and English. A teen-specific group also meets once a month at our Farragut clinic.
When and where do Centering Pregnancy groups meet?
Centering Pregnancy groups are currently offered at our Ogden, Homan, and Farragut locations. Groups meet at various days and times throughout the week and are organized by due date month. To enroll in a group, talk to your provider or call the Centering hotline at: 872-588-3365.
How do I join?
Ask your provider about being part of a group that’s right for you. New groups form according to due date.
Some of the topics covered in Centering groups include:
- Prenatal yoga
- Stress reduction
- Signs of labor
- Comfort measures for labor
- New baby care
- Postpartum issues
Top 10 reasons to join a Centering group:
- No waiting. “We came at the same time and left at the same time and something happened the whole time we were there.”
- A time to talk with other pregnant women about pregnancy, birth and parenting.
- Food to snack on at group.
- Having fun at your prenatal visits!
- Relaxed time with your provider.
- Knowing the date and time of all prenatal visits at the first visit.
- Time for lots of discussion!
- A community of friends.
- A chance to take an active role in your prenatal care.
- One-stop-shopping; all of your prenatal care in one space.
Centering Parenting is the next step after a woman has completed a Centering Pregnancy group. Like Centering Pregnancy, Centering Parenting takes place in a group with 6-8 mother/baby pairs. Moms and babies meet in a group for 8 sessions starting with the baby’s two week visit and ending with a birthday party when the babies turn one year. At each group, moms have the opportunity to weigh and measure their babies, take their own vitals, meet one on one with their baby’s provider, and spend time discussing parenting concerns in a group. Centering Parenting is a well child visit, mom check up, and parenting education all in one appointment!
Why choose Centering Parenting?
Like Centering Pregnancy, Centering Parenting provides a fun way to learn interactively while also building community with other moms who are going through similar experiences. Since parenting groups build on pregnancy groups, women have the benefit of getting to know each other and learning from each other throughout their pregnancies and the first year of their children’s lives. Moms and babies get more time with their provider, enjoy snacks during their appointments, and groups always start and end on time- no more waiting in the waiting room!
Who can participate in Centering Parenting?
Centering Parenting groups are offered to each of our Centering Pregnancy group as they deliver. Generally only women who completed a Pregnancy group continue on to Parenting. Women who have not participated in a Centering Pregnancy group but would like to join a Parenting group can talk to their provider or call the Centering hotline at: 872-588-3365.
When and where do Centering Parenting groups meet?
Centering Parenting groups are currently offered at our Ogden, Homan, and Farragut locations. Groups meet at various days and times throughout the week and are organized by birth month. To enroll in a group, talk to your provider or call the Centering hotline at: 872-588-3365.