Centering Pregnancy At SBH
What if your prenatal visits occurred in a comfortable setting where you had time to ask all of your questions, learn more about your own health, and share similar experiences with other pregnant women who are due around the same time as you?
This is exactly what happens with Centering Pregnancy®, which is now being offered at SBH. Your two-hour visits will give you far more time with your provider team than the one-on-one visits it replaces and you will get to participate in discussions and engage in activities with your group on topics related to your pregnancy.
Here is a look at some of the Centering Pregnancy benefits:
No waiting: Centering is respectful of your time. You no longer waste time standing in line to check in or waiting for your appointment to start. Once you arrive, you will go right to the Centering room to get started. Groups start and end on time.
Self-care. You are involved in your own care. At the start of each visit, you will weigh yourself, monitor your urine and check your blood pressure.
Interactive learning: Since it’s not a class, there is no lecture. Instead, you get to explore the topics that matter most in a fun and engaging way. Our moms-to-be are empowered to share and learn from others in the group.
Community Building: Research tells us that the benefits of social support and community protect pregnant women from unnecessary stress. It will feel like you’re with a circle of friends sharing common concerns and experiences of pregnancy. In many cases, the relationships developed in your group will extend long past your due date.
Will my privacy be protected?
You and others in your group will sign a confidentiality agreement when it is emphasized that particular concerns should not be discussed outside the group setting. Ground rules are agreed upon and posted in the group space. The decision to share information with the group is made by each participant; no one is ever pressured to disclose personal concerns. Individual time with your provider will be conducted in a private area of the Centering room. Should you require an exam or have issues that require additional privacy, you will be seen in an exam room outside the Centering appointment.
What does it cost?
Your charges and/or copays for Centering Pregnancy care are the same as traditional care and are determined by your insurance coverage. If you have any questions, speak with the healthcare practice administrator.
Can I bring older children to my group visits?
No, this is strongly discouraged. Most children will be bored in a two hour group and can become a distraction for their moms and other group participants. Also, children do not sign confidentially agreements and the group’s privacy is something we take very seriously. Since the schedule of visits will be known well in advance, it should be easier for you to make child care arrangements.
Will my provider really get to know me in a group setting?
Absolutely. In most cases, patients and providers find they get to know one another better through Centering groups because they spend so much more time together! You get both private time to ask questions and talk with your provider, as well as group time.
Can my partner or another support person attend my group with me?
Yes, in fact we encourage you to bring your partner or support person as they will benefit from being a part of the group too! We ask that you bring the same person to each session for continuity and confidentiality. Support people sit in the circle and fully participate in all activities and discussions.
What if I’m or someone in my family is sick?
If you or your child is not feeling well and are potentially contagious, we ask that you don’t come to your group visit. Just call the practice and schedule an individual appointment.
What if I don’t feel comfortable sharing information in a group setting?
This is a common concern. You will never be pressured to share anything with the group that you are not comfortable speaking about. However, most participants group feel like they’re interacting with a group of friends who are all going through similar things, and the benefits they receive from sharing their experiences are tremendous.
Two hours seems like a long time for a healthcare visit. What happens during the two hours?
At the start of a Centering Pregnancy session, you will complete your self-care and have an individual assessment and time with your provider. You may complete a “Conversation Starter” in your Centering notebook about a topic you’ll discuss later, enjoy snacks and chat with other group participants while other patients meet with their provider individually. When the group “circles up” together, there are discussions and activities. There is time to practice skills, such as breathing and relaxing, or holding and comforting a baby. Groups are lively, interactive, focused on the topics that are most important to you and FUN!