March of Dimes to Fund Centering Pregnancy Program at The Pregnancy Center|
Centering Model of Care will be the First in Northern Nevada
Reno, Nev. (March 5, 2009) – March of Dimes recently donated approximately $23,000 to The Pregnancy Center offered by Renown Health. These funds will be used for the establishment of a CenteringPregnancy® (Centering) model of group care and will support the initiation of group prenatal care for up to six groups of pregnant women.
The Centering model of care is being implemented based on patient feedback received through The Pregnancy Center’s patient satisfaction survey. According to the survey, women want more time with their healthcare provider, less time waiting for their appointment, and they want to take a more active role in their care. By instituting a CenteringPregnancy® model of care, The Pregnancy Center will offer an alternative to the routine 10 minute one-on-one prenatal exam. The two-hour sessions are scheduled at a predetermined time, thus eliminating any wait time and guaranteeing adequate time with the healthcare provider.
Under the Centering program, women will have their initial obstetric visit in the usual manner with history and physical examination occurring within the office space. Then they will be invited to join eight to 12 other women, who have similar due dates, for regular meetings during their pregnancy. The groups will meet every month for the first four months, then bi-weekly until the last month and then weekly until delivery.
“This generous grant enables The Pregnancy Center to further enhance the level of care provided by offering healthy, pregnant women relationship-centered group prenatal care,” said Sue Reavis, CNM, MS Renown Health director of women’s ambulatory services. “The CenteringPregnancy® model of care empowers women to become actively involved in their care and helps eliminate the barriers between healthcare provider and patient, resulting in increased patient engagement.”
The Centering program will begin establishment in The Pregnancy Center during June 2009. The goal for this program is to enhance routine prenatal visits by bringing women out of the exam rooms and into groups for networking and mutual support.
“As the leading nonprofit foundation for pregnancy and baby health, March of Dimes is excited to help implement the Centering program at The Pregnancy Center,” said Michelle Gorelow, director of program services, March of Dimes Nevada Chapter. “The implementation of this model of care offers effective treatment that is sustainable and can enhance the health of women, their families and increase engagement for the healthcare providers.”
The Centering model, validated by the Yale School of Public Health, has proven to be cost and time equivalent with increased patient satisfaction and improved birth outcomes. The Centering model incorporates self-care in every group session by teaching the participants how to take and record their own weight, blood pressure and, with provider supervision, record fetal growth, movement and heart tones.
“With this model of care each group session will cover an educational topic such as nutrition, managing discomforts of pregnancy, normal fetal growth and development and preparation for labor and delivery,” Reavis said. “Topics brought in by the patients will also become focus points for the group including dealing with domestic violence, parenting skills for coping with siblings’ reactions to pregnancy, coping with family/relationship challenges as well as life skills such as budgeting for baby. Women will also be informed about community resources. Education and support from the group leaves women feeling empowered to make healthy decisions, pursue healthy behaviors and enrich their family life.”
Dedicated to northern Nevada’s underserved pregnant women, The Pregnancy Center provides quality prenatal care to expecting mothers. Prenatal care includes exams, delivery services, postpartum care and well baby check-ups, as well as education and support for healthy lifestyle choices.