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September 26, 2016

Group Prenatal Care Info Session Offered Thursday, Dec. 10

September 26, 2016

For immediate release: Dec. 4, 2015

Area women who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant are invited to attend a free group prenatal care information session, Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6 pm in the Cooley Dickinson Midwifery Center, in the yellow house, on the campus of Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Group Prenatal Care Benefits

At the session, women are invited to learn about a group prenatal care that will begin in January 2016 for people who choose to participate. Katherine Bohne, education coordinator, says one of the main benefits is that group prenatal care allows women to become engaged in her health care.

Group prenatal care combines the physical assessment of prenatal appointments with time for discussion and learning about pregnancy, birth, and babies.

Bohne says another benefit of the approach is that attendees get to spend more time with their health care provider, which provides more opportunities to discuss pregnancy. Check-ups, support, and education all take place in the same group session.

“Women are empowered to become involved by taking her blood pressure and weight at the beginning of each session. They also have the ability to get to know other expectant parents, the physicians, nurse midwives, and other care staff,” added Bohne. In addition, group prenatal care is offered in the evenings to better accommodate people who work during the day.

Info Session Sign-Up

Women and their partners do not need to register for the information session. For more information about Thursday’s session or about the group prenatal care program that begins in January, contact or call 413-586-9866 x8.

History of Group Prenatal Care

The first Group Prenatal Care model was developed and piloted by Sharon Schindler Rising MSN, CNM, FACNM from 1993-1994 in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1998, she published an article outlining this model of care and highlighting her findings that women in group prenatal care had good pregnancy outcomes, including increased birth weight and decreased rates of preterm delivery, and higher satisfaction with their care. Rising called this model of group prenatal care CenteringPregnancy®. (Rising, Sharon Schindler. Centering Pregnancy: An Interdisciplinary Model of Empowerment. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery • Vol. 43, No. 1, January/February 1998.)

Cooley Dickinson first offered group prenatal care in 2010. According to Bohne, Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Women’s Health is the only medical practice in the Valley to offer group prenatal classes.

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