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National Center of Excellence in Women's Health

CenteringPregnancy for Black Women

CenteringPregnancy is a group prenatal care model that has many known benefits, including the reduction of pre-term labor. Black pregnant patients at UCSF have not historically used this form of prenatal care at the same rate as other patients, despite their disproportionately higher risk for adverse maternal and perinatal health outcomes.

To address this low uptake of CenteringPregnancy among patients who stand to benefit the most, Andrea Jackson, M.D., Melinda Fowler, CNM, and Markita Mays, LCSW have designed CenteringPregnancy for Black Women.

In this program, women will receive prenatal care in a small group of other expectant mothers with similar due dates. They will have the opportunity to gain social support, health education, and engage in self-care in addition to receiving conventional forms of prenatal care. This program also includes culturally specific and relevant conversations, weekly nutrition consultation, yoga, mindfulness pregnancy, and other activities related to wellness. Patients will be directly linked to culturally aware primary health care after their delivery.

We hope that this program will improve the health of pregnant Black women in San Francisco and their future babies, build community among parenting Black women, and reaffirm UCSF’s commitment to excellence in women’s health care and care for patients of color.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Bedoy-Crawford
[email protected]

PDF iconCenteringAAWomen_Flyer.pdf


*These providers are coming together as a collaboration between the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Child Trauma Research Program’s Tipping Point Community Mental Health Initiative.
Additional Community Partners:
SFDPH Black Infant Health Program