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Promoting Healthy Pregnancies Through Perinatal Groups: A Comparison of CenteringPregnancy® Group Prenatal Care and Childbirth Education Classes

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Abstract:

CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care is growing in popularity and has commonalities with childbirth education classes. In order for leaders of childbirth education classes to best serve their clients' needs, it is important to be aware of new, emerging models of prenatal care such as CenteringPregnancy. This article provides an overview of CenteringPregnancy and similarities and differences between CenteringPregnancy and childbirth education classes. Providers of prenatal education, whether it is within CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care or in childbirth education classes, have a common important aim: promoting positive perinatal outcomes.

Keywords: CenteringPregnancy; antepartal care; childbirth education; group medical visits; group prenatal care; pregnancy; prenatal care; prenatal education

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812408X267934

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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