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CenteringPregnancy™
A New Model of Prenatal CareWFH_All Saints 2Cstk_Co (2)

Sponsored by
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
– All Saints

 

Finding out you are pregnant can be one of the happiest yet most overwhelming times in your life. You’re not alone. Many women need support from people who are going through the same thing. All Saints is offering a new way of providing pregnancy care for women. It’s called CenteringPregnancy. Read more…

What makes CenteringPregnancy so unique?

CenteringPregnancy uses a group model of prenatal care that combines three important factors – health assessment, education, and support.

In this model of care, not only do women get to spend more time with their health care provider, they engage with other pregnant women, which gives them a chance to learn a lot more about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.

How does it work?

Rather than each woman meeting with her health care provider in the doctor’s office, they are placed in a group with other women with similar due dates. Each group meets for 10 sessions throughout the pregnancy and early after the baby is born.

 

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What can I expect?

About the Group Setting: In each of the sessions, you will have private time with your doctor, who provides the same routine exam you would receive during a regular clinic visit. Then you will spend time with the other pregnant women in your group and your doctor. The group will discuss questions, concerns, and solutions on topics including:

  • Common symptoms of pregnancy
  • Nutrition
  • Family relationships
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Labor and delivery, and hospital procedures
  • Breastfeeding
  • Care and feeding of infants
  • Physical and emotional experiences after the baby is born

About Self-Care: Your doctor will deliver the same care you would have during a normal office exam, but you will participate as well. You will also receive information and tools to help you make healthier choices for you, your baby, and your whole family.

About Time Management: You will be given a schedule of when your group meets at the beginning of your pregnancy. This makes it easy for you to plan ahead.

About Proven Positive Results: Studies show that group pregnancy care reduces premature births, increases breastfeeding, and improves socialization. This can be attributed to the combination of education, support, and knowledge that participants gain in a group setting. Plus, you may find lifelong friends.

Why choose All Saints to have my baby?

All Saints provides prenatal care and high risk pregnancy care under one roof. They also have the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unity in Racine and Kenosha counties.

Additionally, All Saints is an approved as a CenteringPregnancy® site from the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI). Site approval is a quality assurance activity that provides practices with expertise, support and guidance to strengthen Centering. It is CHI’s official recognition that a Centering site has met the standards that are specific to the model and its 13 essential elements which range from planning to outcomes. While other sites may offer a similar “centering” model, they may not be an approved site.

The first CenteringPregnancy group of expectant moms met at All Saints for the first time in February 2012. Currently six OB/GYN physicians utilize this model of prenatal care. They include Andrew Alexander, MD; Dustin Brown, MD; Veronica Carver, MD; Anya Hartley, MD; Tasha Johnson, MD; and Rachel Laven, DO.

If you are looking for an OB/GYN, call (262)687-8460 or visit www.mywheaton.org/findadoctor.

 

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