The CenteringPregnancy® Program alters routine prenatal care by bringing women out of exam rooms and into groups for their care. Women have their initial intake into their obstetric care in the usual manner with history and physical examination occurring within the office/clinic space. Then they are invited to join with 8-12 other women/couples with similar due dates in meeting together regularly during their pregnancy. The groups form between 12 and 16 weeks of pregnancy and continue through the early postpartum period meeting every month for the first five months and then bi-monthly.
CenteringPregnancy® was piloted from 1993–1995 by Nurse Midwife, Sharon Schindler Rising, in a hospital clinic, a community health center, and a private office. Now there are sites in almost all of the 50 states and some foreign countries.
CenteringPregnancy groups promote:
- Prolonged provider and patient contact time
- Empowerment of participants
- Support and friendship
- Better birth outcomes
UCSF currently offers CenteringPregnancy® at all three Women’s Health locations: Serramonte, Mount Zion and Mission Bay, 1855 4th St., Ste. A3473.
Visit this page for the latest group schedules and more information or call 353-2566.
In CenteringPregnancy® prenatal groups, women:
- Know when all their appointments are scheduled and never wait to be seen
- Spend quality time with their health provider
- Enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments
- Discuss health concerns and expectations in a supportive setting
Come in and try it!
For more information or to make an appointment, contact Obstetrics and Perinatal Services at (415) 353-2566.