CenteringPregnancy is modeled in San Diego, CA.

CenteringPregnancy is a group prenatal care program that follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits, but each visit is 90 minutes to two hours long, giving women more time with their provider. Moms engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure and recording their own health data with private time with their provider for belly check. Once health assessments are complete, the provider and support staff  gather with moms and any support person with them. The provider and staff lead facilitative discussion and interactive activities designed to address important and timely health topics while leaving room to discuss what is important to the group. 

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CenteringPregnancy is a group prenatal program that includes one-on-one time with the doctor followed by group discussion. 

Women complete their medical history and physical exam in a doctor's office or clinic and then afterwards are invited to join a group of eight to 12 women or couples who have similar due dates.

Groups — which are formed between 12 and 16 weeks of pregnancy — meet regularly throughout the pregnancy. The groups continue to meet through the postpartum period, meeting every month for four months and then bi-weekly.

Centering Pregnancy was piloted in the early 1990s and now there are sites in almost all of the 50 states and some foreign countries.

These group meetings promote:

 - Better birth outcomes

 - More provider and patient contact

 - Patient empowerment and learning

 - Self-care

 - Support and friendship among group members

Women complete their medical history and physical exam in a doctor's office or clinic and then afterwards are invited to join a group of eight to 12 women or couples who have similar due dates.

Groups — which are formed between 12 and 16 weeks of pregnancy — meet regularly throughout the pregnancy. The groups continue to meet through the postpartum period, meeting every month for four months and then bi-weekly.

To estimate the impact of a program or policy, we use systematic literature reviews to determine causal pathways and effect sizes. Well-researched interventions that have robust, high-quality evaluations allow us to model the impact of an intervention with greater certainty. However, sometimes interventions have limited evidence and not all of the outcomes that are likely to be associated with the intervention have been studied. In those cases, we can only model what is available in the evidence base. We urge future research to take the following gaps into consideration.

- Maternal Outcomes

     - Depression

     - Employment (Direct effects of CenteringPregnancy)

- Effects of intervention by race/ethnicity

- Effects of intervention by income