New research: CenteringPregnancy® proven to have psychosocial benefits for women

Qualitative study shows CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care improves the psychosocial well-being of women at high-risk for pregnancy-related distress.

Aug 19, 2015, 15:05 ET from Centering Healthcare Institute

BOSTON, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) is pleased to share the newest research on the psychosocial effect of CenteringPregnancy.  A study published today in the August, 2015 Archive of Women's Health, "provides further evidence that group prenatal care positively impacts the psychosocial well-being of women with greater stress or lower personal coping resources."

"We are very pleased with this study," says Colleen Senterfitt, Chief Operating Officer of CHI.  "The findings include that women with a high degree of pregnancy-related stress have a greater degree of coping in Centering® care compared to individual care and a decrease in their postpartum depressive symptom scores. This mirrors anecdotal reports we hear from practices throughout the nation."

More than 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, an estimated lifetime cost to the healthcare system of $26 billion.  Studies have shown that CenteringPregnancy reduces the risk of premature birth by 33 to 47 percent compared to traditional care. Outcomes are even more significant for women with disparities.

In CenteringPregnancy, pregnant women with similar due dates join together in a group with their healthcare provider for prenatal care. They receive all the components of prenatal care, including health assessment, interactive learning and community building all in a group setting. There is facilitated discussion of pregnancy, birth and newborn care as well as overall health, and many other topics. Studies in sample populations show Centering care increases breastfeeding rates and duration, decreases low birth weight and prematurity rates and increases patient and provider satisfaction.

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