The MUSC Health Women's Care team is delighted to offer a new model of prenatal care called CenteringPregnancy®.
CenteringPregnancy® offers group sessions with one of our healthcare providers and a co-facilitator. Groups meet a total of ten times for about two hours per session, starting at twelve weeks of gestation. Group members typically include 8-10 women due in the same month, and each one receives all the typical pregnancy health evaluations like blood work and ultrasounds in addition to providing and receiving emotional support from each other.
Designed for low-risk pregnancies, CenteringPregnancy® is available to all women with no anticipated pregnancy problems.
We're excited about this model because it enables superior care for all women in these groups, providing more time with our healthcare professionals, more information, and a genuine sense of community.
Each session features a topic especially relevant to the group's stage of pregnancy, like nutrition, common aches and pains of pregnancy, or contraception after delivery. Each session also allows ample time for women to voice their questions and concerns, answers to which often benefit the whole group. This type of care allows for better relationships, more knowledge, and less stress than traditional care, ensuring participants have the time and answers they need.
CenteringPregnancy® practices have been shown to lower rates of preterm birth and underweight babies as well as increasing breastfeeding rates among mothers. It empowers women to play a more active role in their pregnancies... and participants have said it was also just nice to be around other women going through the same thing. (Read about Shaniece Gathers' experience in an MUSC Health pregnancy centering group.) Often these sessions result in lasting friendships.
MUSC Health Women's Care is one of the first places in South Carolina to offer this model of care and is part of a state-wide study to measure its effectiveness. Other institutions like the Boston Medical Center and Vanderbilt's University Medical Center have also begun offering CenteringPregnancy® to improve their prenatal care. According to Vanderbilt University, almost 97% of women prefer CenteringPregnancy® care over traditional care.
Are you interested? Call us at 843-792-5300 and we'll connect you with a group of your own.
Still not sure? Give CenteringPregnancy® a try by attending a group intake session. During this introductory session, one of our facilitators will discuss all options for care, including centering and general resources and tips.
Listen to a podcast with Dr. Gweneth Lazenby, where she discusses the benefits of CenteringPregnancy.