What is Centering?
Centering, an evidence-based model of group healthcare, is a paradigm shift that effectively addresses the complex social determinants of health. The Centering model combines health assessment, interactive learning and community building to help support positive health behaviors and drive better health outcomes. It brings patients out of the exam room and into a group setting which also helps build their community of support.
CenteringPregnancy® brings up to 12 pregnant women who are due around the same time together for routine prenatal care. Each of the visits is 90 minutes to two hours long—giving women ten times as much time with their provider team. During the visit, the women engage in their care by taking their weight and blood pressure, recording their own health data, and having private time with their provider for a belly check. This active participation makes them more aware of their results and what it means to their health and their baby’s health. The remainder of time is a facilitated discussion on health topics related to their pregnancy. The women learn from their provider and also from one another. This group time connects them to each other, creates support and fosters their strengths.
Centering is your healthcare visit, but different.