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Centering Pregnancy


Centering Pregnancy is an evidence-based health care delivery model that integrates maternal health care assessment, education, and support. Patients meet with their care provider and other group participants for an extended period of time, at regularly scheduled visits over the course of their pregnancy. Centering promotes patient engagement and community-building, and has been shown to significantly improve infant health outcomes. Health outcomes for pregnancies, specifically increased birth weight and gestational age, and the satisfaction expressed by both the women and their providers, support the effectiveness of this model for the delivery of care.

What We Do

Centering Pregnancy is a unique model of care; women are empowered to choose health-promoting behaviors. Centering Pregnancy is effective as it aims to normalize the pregnancy experience.  Women are empowered and motivated. The model of group care includes 3 major components: 

  • Health assessment
  • Education
  • Support (including child care, snacks and transportation).

Centering Pregnancy Chart

How Does Centering Pregnancy Work?

  • Each group consists of 8 to12 women with similar due dates.
  • Women meet together in a facilitated discussion to learn skills and develop a support network.
  • Each group meets for 10 sessions throughout pregnancy and early postpartum.
  • A health care practitioner completes health assessments at the group setting. Patients participate as well.

Centering Pregnancy Goals

  • Increase birth weight
  • Decrease prematurity
  • Patient and health care provider satisfaction

Why is Centering Pregnancy Important?

Centering Pregnancy projects provide a safe place for expecting moms to share life experiences with other women who understand their situation, build a community for support, and provide positive peer encouragement to make healthy choices during their pregnancy. Through this unique model of care, women are empowered to choose health-promoting behaviors.

Community Health Center Demonstration SitesWho We Work With

Four Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) were selected to participate in a two-year Centering Pregnancy Demonstration Project funded by the Ohio Health Transformation Innovation Fund from the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation:
PrimaryOne Health  (Columbus)
Five Rivers Health Centers (Dayton)
Muskingum Valley Health Centers (Muskingum County)
Neighborhood Health Association (Toledo)

Program Contact:

Marius Igwe
Telephone: (614) 466-4634



Last Updated: 1/26/16