Expecting a Baby? Check out Centering PregnancyBY ADMIN
Centering Pregnancy is a fun, unique prenatal program available for expecting moms at Kaiser Permanente. You’ll join other moms-to-be for 2-hour group appointments that give you private time with a health care professional as well as group education and support. Best of all, you can bond with other women who share a similar due date and form lasting friendships. It’s like a prenatal playdate!
How does it work?
In a comforting environment, you’ll get the information and tools you need to make healthy choices for you, your baby, and your whole family. And you’ll get a chance to actively participate in your care by learning self-care techniques like monitoring your blood pressure.
Sessions begin about 16 to 20 weeks into your pregnancy and continue until you give birth (monthly at first, then every 2 weeks as your due date approaches). And there’s no extra cost for the program — your regular cost share will apply.
What happens during a typical appointment?
At the start of every session, each woman has a brief, private health assessment while the other women enjoy conversation and refreshments. The rest of the time is devoted to learning and sharing as a group. You’ll cover different educational topics related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, and you’ll be invited to share your questions and personal experiences.
Highlights of the program:
9 appointments, 1.5- to 2-hours each.
8 to 12 women per group.
Led by Kaiser Permanente nurse midwives and other care providers.
All appointments prescheduled at the start of the program — giving you more time to plan ahead for child care, work, and other obligations.
Partners or close family members welcome (no children, please).
Private physical exams, lab tests, and ultrasounds.
More hours of prenatal education and support.
Confidential group discussion. (All members of the group sign a confidentiality agreement at the beginning of the program.)
A “baby reunion” to bring moms together again after everyone has given birth.
Give your prenatal care a boost
Centering Pregnancy is offered at our Modesto Medical Center and our Stockton Medical Offices. To sign up or for more information, call the Women’s Health Services Department at 209-735-3126 for Modesto and 209-476-3260 for Stockton.