We are offering a hybrid of our traditional program during COVID-19, view upcoming sessions below.
CenteringPregnancy® Healthcare alters routine prenatal care by bringing women out of exam rooms and into groups for their care. The UCSF Women’s Health Obstetric Services offer an alternative program in receiving your prenatal care. In CenteringPregnancy® Healthcare, you will meet once a month with 8-10 other women at similar stages in their pregnancy and receive all of your prenatal services and an evaluation of your baby. The CenteringPregnancy® group meets 10 times during the pregnancy and once after delivery. Partners or support persons are encouraged to participate in these sessions.
Upcoming Centering hybrid sessions during COVID-19
In these session expecting parents will have a routine prenatal assessment with their Centering provider via video-visit or in person, as medically necessary. Additionally, assessment will include a one hour group video visit led by the Centering clinical provider. The video visit will incorporate health education, a group discussion and virtual community building. Health assessments: to be scheduled on same day as group virtual visit.
For information about all of our UCSF Obstetric Services or to make an appointment, contact Obstetrics and Perinatal Services at (415) 353-2566.
“We felt it was a very effective way to combine brief physical check-ups with the education that is so important for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. I have never in my life felt better cared for, and my husband and I have told countless people about UCSF and CenteringPregnancy® Healthcare”.
–– CenteringPregnancy® Healthcare patient
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Piloted from 1993–1995 by Nurse Midwife, Sharon Schindler Rising
The program was held in a hospital clinic, a community health center, and a private office. Now there are sites in almost all of the 50 states and some foreign countries. In CenteringPregnancy® Healthcare prenatal groups: Know when all their appointments are scheduled and never wait to be seen Spend quality time with their health provider Enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments Discuss health concerns and expectations in a supportive setting The unique group dynamic promotes: Self-Care Prolonged provider and patient contact time Empowerment of participants Support and friendship Learning Better birth outcomes Fun!