Prenatal Care in a Supportive Group Setting


Centering is prenatal care that includes a traditional health check-up with additional time and attention in a group setting. You will meet with your healthcare provider and other women who are due around the same time as you


How it works

  • A group of pregnant people with similar due dates meet together in regular sessions with their healthcare provider. Typically, this is done the same day and time monthly.
  • Benefits to you and your baby include: 33% less likely to have a preterm birth and higher breastfeeding rates.
  • Each mom will receive a Centering Pregnancy notebook with tons of information and pages to help you track health, pregnancy progress, and the baby’s growth.
  • Each group visit lasts 2 hours with your healthcare provider leading the sessions.
  • You will have support from other pregnant women you meet in your group.
  • With the group setting you can learn more about pregnancy and be more active in your healthcare.
  • You will still get the same prenatal care in centering such as labs and ultrasounds.
  • We welcome one support person to join you.
  • Because we want to focus on you and the other group members, we ask that children not come to your Centering group.
  • We are committed to protecting your privacy. Your provider will never share any of your private information in the group setting. We stress that a person’s specific questions are not discussed outside of the group and ask everyone to sign a confidentiality agreement.
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Questions About Laurel OB/GYN Centering Pregnancy Groups?

  • What is Centering Pregnancy?
  • Will I still get the ultrasounds and lab tests?
  • Can my partner or other support person come?
  • Why do we recommend Centering?
  • Two hours seems like a long time for a prenatal visit. What happens during the two hours?
  • What is the cost of Centering?
  • This is a group. How is my privacy protected?
  • May I bring my children to my groups?
  • When and where do groups meet?
  • I still have questions!
  • I’m ready to sign up!
What is Centering Pregnancy?

Centering is a unique style of prenatal care in a group setting. Its aim is to build a community that empowers pregnant people to be actively involved in their own care.

Pregnant moms meet for 10 sessions with a Centering clinician (doctor, nurse-mid-wife or nurse-practitioner) and a group of up to 10 other pregnant women that are due around the same time.
At each prenatal visit parents have one-on-one time with their Centering clinician to have their baby checked and to talk about any private concerns. The remaining time is used to talk about pregnancy issues that are relevant to the group such as, nutrition, exercise, signs of labor, breastfeeding and after delivery care.

Will I still get the ultrasounds and lab tests?

Yes! You will still receive the same prenatal care in your Centering that you would receive at traditional prenatal care visits.

Can my partner or other support person come?

We welcome your support person. They will fully participate in group activities and discussions and often bond with other support people. However, having your support person with you is optional.

Why do we recommend Centering?

Centering group visits offer unhurried time with your clinician. Centering clinicians and patients spend about 20 hours together in group visits. This is about ten times more time than with traditional visits.
Because you know the dates and times for all your visits at the beginning of your pregnancy it is easier to plan around work and arrange childcare. Group sessions occur every month in the beginning of your pregnancy and then twice a month closer to your due date.

Most patients who have participated in this type of care tell us how supportive and reassuring it is to connect with other women going through the same experiences of pregnancy. You have a chance to get to know other moms and perhaps develop a set of lifelong friends. Many times, another mom has the same question that you were wondering about! Studies also have shown that participants in pregnancy centering have lower rates of preterm labor and preeclampsia.

Two hours seems like a long time for a prenatal visit. What happens during the two hours?

The Centering session begins with the usual elements of prenatal care: checking your vitals and a one-on-one wellness assessment by the Centering clinician. Before the group sits down together, participants may request to discuss a certain topic, enjoy snacks and talk with the other members. During the rest of the session the group shares experiences, talks about topics of interest during pregnancy that develop such as normal symptoms of pregnancy, infant care, and delivery concerns. Groups are lively, interactive, focused on issues important to you and are fun!

What is the cost of Centering?

There is no extra charge to you for Centering Pregnancy. Your cost share is the same as if you had traditional care and is determined by your insurance benefits.

This is a group. How is my privacy protected?

We are committed to protecting your privacy and we take that responsibility seriously. All participants, including support people, are required to sign a confidentiality agreement at the first group visit. No one is ever pressured to disclose private concerns and your providers will not share any of your private information with the group.

Your wellness check with your Centering provider will take place in a comfortable space in the Centering room. If a private exam is needed, your Centering provider will take you to a private exam room.

May I bring my children to my groups?

Because we want to focus on you and the other group members, we ask that children not accompany their parents to the group. We hope that knowing the date and time of your visits in advance will help you make child care arrangements.

When and where do groups meet?

Groups are offered here at Laurel OB-GYN. We will meet in the lobby. Class will be offered on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:00pm.

I still have questions!

Please send us a message through the patient portal or give the office a call 828-253-5381 so we can help answer any remaining questions you may have.

I’m ready to sign up!

Please call the office and let them know you would like to be a part of a Centering group. We will get your name on the list and will be in touch!


About Laurel OB/GYN

Laurel OB/GYN serves women of
Western North Carolina as an
independent obstetrics and
gynecology practice in Asheville.

Contact

Mon-Fri: 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed: Sat-Sun

41 Oakland Rd, Suite 200
Asheville, NC 28801

Call: 828-253-5381

Fax: 828-253-9087

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