September 19, 2011
Women seeking a different approach to prenatal care will soon have a new option at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
CenteringPregnancy is prenatal care in a structured group setting, led by a physician or midwife, Dellos said. Rather than having one-on-one visits, women will meet in groups of approximately eight to 10 mothers-to-be, who are all due at about the same time. The 90-minute sessions, which occur once a month for the first three months of the program and then twice-monthly for the last three months, will include individual prenatal assessments for each woman, as well as a group discussion.
In the latter weeks of their pregnancies, participants will meet with their obstetrician or midwife on alternating weeks with the CenteringPregnancy program.
The program provides patients an in-depth education about their pregnancies, including why it's important to eat well and be healthy, as well as the benefit of meeting with other mothers-to-be, who are in the same phase of pregnancy and going through many of the same things.
For health care providers, the program offers an opportunity to deliver complete and detailed pregnancy information, respond to common questions and engage in active discussions with a group of women at one time. With the CenteringPregnancy model, each group of women is participating in the same discussion at the same time.
The CenteringPregnancy model is funded in part through a $24,000 grant from the March of Dimes.
The CenteringPregnancy model is a recognized prenatal option and meets all the necessary requirements for insurance reimbursement.
For more information about the program or to register, call the UI Women's Health Center at 319-356-2294.