Overview

Overview

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

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
Our Team

Our Team

Susan Hudson, CMN
Susan Hudson, CMN
Director of Midwifery and CenteringPregnancy

Toni Mcdougald, CNP
Centering Coordinator

Jennifer Savitski, MD
Jennifer Savitski, MD
Physician Lead CenteringPregnancy at Akron General

Holly Carder
Holly Carder
Centering Coordinator at Akron General

Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

For more information about CenteringPregnancy or to find additional information about current Centering groups, please email CenteringPregnancy@ccf.org or leave a voicemail at 216.491.7200.

Locations

CenteringPregnancy group appointments are currently offered at these locations:

Akron General Akron Health Center
676 South Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44311
330.344.7666

Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Medical Office Building
1450 Belle Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
216.237.6300

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
440.282.7420

Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Medical Office Building A
4200 Warrensville Center Rd. Suite 215
Warrensville Heights, Oh, 44122
216.491.0141

Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Ave., East
Cleveland, OH 44112
216.767.4242

Cleveland Clinic Westlake Medical Campus
850 Columbia Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
440.835.3883

Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
2570 Som Center Rd.
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
440.943.2500

Groups

Groups

Dates are subject to change. For more information about CenteringPregnancy or to find additional information about current Centering groups, please email CenteringPregnancy@ccf.org.

Lakewood Medical Building
216.237.6300

Lakewood Centering Group #41 with Candice Boddy, CNM on these Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Due dates through February 2023

  • July 16 - Session 1
  • August 20 - Session 2
  • September 17 - Session 3
  • October 15 - Session 4
  • November 5 - Session 5
  • November 19 - Session 6
  • December 3 - Session 7
  • December 17 - Session 8
  • January 7- Session 9
  • January 21 - Session 10

Lakewood Centering Group #42 with Susan Hudson, CNM at 8:30 a.m. on these Saturdays
Due dates through May 2023

  • November 5 - Session 1
  • December 3 - Session 2
  • January 7 - Session 3
  • February 4 - Session 4
  • February 18 - Session 5
  • March 4 - Session 6
  • March 18 - Session 7
  • April 1 - Session 8
  • April 15 - Session 9
  • May 6 - Session 10

Lakewood Group #43 at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays coming soon!
Email CenteringPregnancy@ccf.org for more information.


Westlake Medical Campus Building A
440.835.3883

Columbia Rd. Centering group #29 these Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. with Dawn Dulin, CNM
Due Dates through February 2023

  • July 23- Session 1
  • August 27 - Session 2
  • September 24 - Session 3
  • October 22 - Session 4
  • November 12 - Session 5
  • November 26 - Session 6
  • December 10 - Session 7
  • December 17 - Session 8
  • January 14 - Session 9
  • January 28 - Session 10

Columbia Rd. Centering group #30 these Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. with Renae Shire, CNM
Due dates through June 2023 - New Dates

  • December 29 - Session 1
  • January 12 - Session 2
  • February 9 - Session 3
  • March 9 - Session 4
  • March 23 - Session 5
  • April 6 - Session 6
  • April 20 - Session 7
  • May 4 - Session 8
  • May 18 - Session 9
  • June 1 - Session 10

Columbia Rd. Centering group #31 with Dawn Dulin, CNM at 8:30 a.m. on these Saturdays
Due dates through Mid-July 2023

  • December 10 - Session 1
  • January 14 - Session 2
  • February 11 - Session 3
  • March 11 - Session 4
  • March 25 - Session 5
  • April 8 - Session 6
  • April 22- Session 7
  • May 13 - Session 8
  • TBD - Session 9
  • June 10 - Session 10

Group #32 Coming Soon!
Email CenteringPregnancy@ccf.org for more information.


Lorain Family Health Center - No Current CenteringPregnancy Groups


Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center (2nd floor conference room)
216.767.4242

STJHC group #21 on these Mondays at 10 a.m. with Dr. Lauren Bouchard
Due Dates through mid-March 2023

  • August 15 - Session 1
  • September 12 - Session 2
  • October 10 - Session 3
  • November 7 - Session 4
  • December 5 - Session 5
  • December 19 - Session 6
  • January 9 - Session 7
  • January 23 - Session 8
  • February 6 - Session 9
  • February 20 - Session 10

STJHC group #23 with Claire Hamp, CNM at 1 p.m. on these Mondays
Due Dates through May 2023

  • November 7 - Session 1
  • December 5 - Session 2
  • January 9 - Session 3
  • February 6 - Session 4
  • February 20 - Session 5
  • March 6 - Session 6
  • March 20 - Session 7
  • April 3 - Session 8
  • April 17 - Session 9
  • May 1 - Session 10

STJHC group #24 with Dr. Thigpen at 10 a.m. on these Tuesdays
Due Dates through May 2023

  • November 29 - Session 1 *8 a.m. this day only!
  • December 27 - Session 2
  • January 24 - Session 3
  • February 21 - Session 4
  • March 7- Session 5
  • March 21 - Session 6
  • April 11 - Session 7
  • April 18 - Session 8
  • May 2- Session 9

South Pointe Medical Office Building A (Entrance #2)
216.491.0141

South Pointe Centering Group #22 with Fran Jackson, CNM at 10:30 a.m. on these Mondays
Due dates through January 2023

  • July 18- Session 1
  • August 15 - Session 2
  • September 19 - Session 3
  • October 3 - Session 4
  • October 17 - Session 5
  • October 31- Session 6
  • November 14 - Session 7
  • November 28 - Session 8
  • December 12 - Session 9
  • December 19 - Session 10

South Pointe Centering Group #23 with Fran Jackson, CNM at 10:30 a.m. on these Fridays
Due Dates Through March 2023

  • September 2 - Session 1
  • September 30 - Session 2
  • October 28 - Session 3
  • November 18 - Session 4
  • December 2 - Session 5
  • December 16 - Session 6
  • December 30 - Session 7
  • January 13 - Session 8
  • January 27 - Session 9
  • February 10 - Session 10

South Pointe Centering Group #24 with Fran Jackson, CNM at 10:30 a.m. on these Fridays
Due Dates Through May 2023

  • November 4 - Session 1
  • December 9 - Session 2
  • January 6 - Session 3
  • February 3- Session 4
  • February 17 - Session 5
  • March 3 - Session 6
  • March 17 - Session 7
  • March 31 - Session 8
  • April 14 - Session 9
  • April 28 - Session 10

South Pointe Centering Group #25 with Fran Jackson, CNM at 10:30 a.m. on these Wednesdays
Due Dates Through Mid July 2023

  • December 28 - Session 1
  • January 25 - Session 2
  • February 22 - Session 3
  • March 22 - Session 4
  • April 5- Session 5
  • April 19 - Session 6
  • May 3 - Session 7
  • May 17 - Session 8
  • May 31 - Session 9
  • June 14 - Session 10

Willoughby Hills Family Health Center (Lower-level conference room)
440.943.2500

Willoughby Centering Group #4 with Elizabeth Beach, CNM at 1 p.m. on these Tuesdays
Due Dates Through April 2023

  • October 11 - Session 1
  • November 8 - Session 2
  • December 6 - Session 3
  • January 3 - Session 4
  • January 17 - Session 5
  • January 31- Session 6
  • February 14 - Session 7
  • February 28 - Session 8
  • March 14 - Session 9
  • March 28 - Session 10

Willoughby Centering Group #5 with Brianna Simmons, CNM at 1 p.m. on these Thursdays
Due Dates Through June 2023

  • December 15 - Session 1
  • January 12 - Session 2
  • February 9 - Session 3
  • March 9 - Session 4
  • March 23 - Session 5
  • April 6 - Session 6
  • April 23 - Session 7
  • May 4 - Session 8
  • May 18 - Session 9
  • June 1 - Session 10

Brunswick Family Health Center
330.225.8886

Brunswick CenteringPregnancy Group #1 with Susan Hudson, CNM on these Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.
Due dates through March 2023 - New Dates

  • November 15 - Session 1
  • December 13 - Session 2
  • January 10 - Session 3
  • February 7 - Session 4
  • February 21 - Session 5
  • March 7 - Session 6
  • March 21 - Session 7
  • April 4 - Session 8
  • April 18 - Session 9
  • May 2 - Session 10
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