Centering PregnancyCenteringPregnancy groups provide you as a mother-to-be with three key components of health care: health assessment, education, and support.

Here you will learn information that is reinforced by your relationships with your fellow classmates. The group environment also promotes your health and well-being, that of your baby before and after he or she is born, and your family.

Midwives and other healthcare providers will provide your care. Group leaders will offer continuing education as well as peer-to-peer networking and sharing to ensure a successful pregnancy.

What is CenteringPregnancy?

CenteringPregnancy, or Centering, is a great way for pregnant women and their families to play an active part in their prenatal care. Here are some basic things to know:

  • Centering is prenatal care in a group setting.
  • During visits, eight to 12 pregnant women with similar due dates meet with a healthcare provider.
  • The group offers the opportunity to learn more about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.
  • The healthcare provider assesses each member’s physical health.
  • Group sharing and guided discussions allow patients time to talk about their concerns and questions.

Each patient can feel the support of other members.

Sessions will be held at Reading Hospital Conference Center. For more information, please call the Women’s Health Center at 484-628-9797.

Benefits of CenteringPregnancy

With CenteringPregnancy, moms, babies, and families can benefit from the comprehensive care and sharing:

For the Mother-to-Be:

  • Increase well-being before, during, and after pregnancy, and improve self-image and self-care
  • Reduce the likelihood of problems with the pregnancy
  • Reduce risks to the health of the mother-to-be
  • Develop parenting skills

For the Fetus and Infant:

  • Increase well-being
  • Reduce the likelihood of health problems before or after birth
  • Promote healthy growth and development, immunization, and health supervision
  • By encouraging the development of parenting skills, creating a healthy and nurturing environment for the child 

For the Family:

  • Promote family development and positive parent-infant interaction
  • Reduce unintended pregnancies
  • Develop parenting skills by showing parents how to work together as a family

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