Groups — which are formed between 12 and 16 weeks of pregnancy — meet regularly throughout the pregnancy. The groups continue to meet through the postpartum period, meeting every month for four months and then bi-weekly.
Centering Pregnancy was piloted in the early 1990s by a nurse-midwife, Sharon Schindler Rising, who initiated centering groups in a hospital clinic, a community health center and a private office in Waterbury, Conn. Now there are sites in almost all of the 50 states and some foreign countries.
These groups promote:
- Better birth outcomes
- More provider and patient contact
- Patient empowerment and learning
- Support and friendship among group members
The groups have scheduled appointments and discuss health concerns and expectations in a supportive setting, where healthy snacks and refreshments are served.
The Centering Pregnancy Program is offered at our Fourth Street and Mount Zion locations.