Why do you suddenly love spinach and grapefruit? How close do you have to be to a bathroom in your third trimester? Is it normal to cry at commercials?
There are a lot of questions that come with your first pregnancy, or even your second. Sometimes you need a knowledgeable medical professional to help you answer them, and sometimes you just need someone who’s going through a similar experience. With Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Women’s Health Prenatal Care, you can have both, at the same time.
Group prenatal care combines your physical checkup with time for discussion and learning about pregnancy, birth, parenting, and babies.
- Getting to know other expectant families, certified nurse midwives and care staff to build a wide support network
- Evening sessions to better accommodate work schedules
- Discussing pregnancy-related topics, from the physical to the emotional
- Taking part in your own health assessment and tracking your baby’s growth
Participation in group prenatal care replaces individual care throughout the second and part of the third trimester. In general, group prenatal care follows the same recommended appointment schedule as standard prenatal care. With the group model, pregnant people see their regular midwives or obstetricians for individual appointments for the first 18 weeks of pregnancy, then join a group of expectant families due around the same time.
Group prenatal care is covered by insurance in the same manner as individual care is.
Group sessions complement—rather than replace—childbirth education classes. Participants can use the group setting to further explore what they are learning in childbirth education and to compare notes with others.
Many pregnant people believe group prenatal care represents the best of both worlds – meeting their physical, intellectual and emotional needs while also allowing for thorough prenatal care. It offers a sympathetic community, focused time with partners and peers, professional and real-life resources –gained through listening and sharing – and the prospect of developing long-term relationships with the other parents with whom you will have shared the very special experience of pregnancy and childbirth.
For more information about group prenatal care, speak with your doctor or midwife or contact us via the information to the right.