Cleveland Clinic is committed to providing the community with the finest medical services. We offer CenteringPregnancy prenatal care in order to bring our expecting patients out of the exam room and into a comfortable group setting.
At Cleveland Clinic, we strongly believe in the core goals of CenteringPregnancy: to help promote overall health and well-being, provide important education about the pregnancy process, as well as create a unique experience for patients who are expecting.
CenteringPregnancy is patient-centered care that follows national guidelines recognized by hospitals around the country. The visit schedule, which consists of 10 group appointments between 90 minutes and 2 hours, provides the flexibility and time to explore health and wellness topics that might not be covered as extensively in a normal one on one prenatal visit. On average CenteringPregancy programs give pregnant patients ten times longer with a provider. Receiving healthcare in a group setting can also lead to greater engagement, learning, and self-confidence.
Why Is a Group Setting Beneficial?
National data has shown that CenteringPregnancy decreases the rate of preterm and low weight babies, increases breastfeeding rates, and leads to better pregnancy spacing. Black women, who are at higher risk for preterm birth in the US, also experience lower risk of preterm birth when enrolled in CenteringPregnancy than in traditional care, creating an opportunity to design sustainable prenatal services that can reduce racial disparities of pregnancy outcomes in minority communities.
CenteringPregnancy visits also allow more time for interaction which often identifies needs amongst group members. This allows for more timely intervention and referral to appropriate specialists and resources.
What to Expect
Group prenatal care has long been used successfully to provide important health information to those expecting. Developed by the Centering Healthcare Institute, CenteringPregnancy has created standardized guidelines for health centers to follow, including providing pregnant people with the ability to be engaged in their own care, teaching them how to check their weight, blood pressure and other health levels, as well as the health of their unborn child through fetal heart rate checks.
In addition to building important self-care skills, CenteringPregnancy facilitates important group discussion between expecting patients in group sizes of 8 to 12, along with a prenatal provider. These group meetings can be between 90 minutes and 2 hours and discuss a variety of wellness topics. Each session is intended to provide support to participants, while allowing for open discussion about pregnancy questions or concerns.
Group prenatal care also permits more time for interaction with a pregnancy specialist, which can help address psychological, social, and behavioral factors that affect your healthy pregnancy.
|Week of Session||Gestational Age||Session Topic|
|Session 1||12-16 weeks||Prenatal testing, body changes during pregnancy, back health, common discomforts, healthy lifestyle choices|
|Session 2||16-20 weeks||Personal goals, nutrition, oral health|
|Session 3||20-24 weeks||Relaxation and managing stress, breastfeeding|
|Session 4||24-28 weeks||Family planning, sexuality, domestic violence, preterm labor|
|Session 5||26-30 weeks||Labor preparation, pain management in labor, signs of labor|
|Session 6||28-32 weeks||The birth experience, labor decisions|
|Session 7||30-34 weeks||Early newborn care, choosing pediatric care, circumcision, sibling preparation|
|Session 8||32-36 weeks||Parenting, kick counts, postpartum depression and anxiety, emotional adjustments|
|Session 9||34-38 weeks||Newborn safety, infant massage|
|Session 10||36-40 weeks||Newborn care, growth and development, postpartum|
Susan Hudson, CMN
Director of Midwifery and CenteringPregnancy
Toni Mcdougald, CNP
Jennifer Savitski, MD
Physician Lead CenteringPregnancy at Akron General
Centering Coordinator at Akron General
Appointments & Locations
For more information about CenteringPregnancy or to find additional information about current Centering groups, please email [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 216.491.7200.
CenteringPregnancy group appointments are currently offered at these locations:
Akron General Akron Health Center
676 South Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44311
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Medical Office Building
1450 Belle Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health Center - CenteringPregnancy and CenteringPediatrics Group Location
5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053
Schedule from Amherst Family Health Center
Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Medical Office Building A
4200 Warrensville Center Rd. Suite 215
Warrensville Heights, Oh, 44122
Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Ave., East
Cleveland, OH 44112
Cleveland Clinic Westlake Medical Campus
850 Columbia Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
2570 Som Center Rd.
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094