CenteringPregnancy®, a group model of prenatal care, now offers families a dynamic atmosphere of empowerment and learning in a comfortable setting at the Dougherty County Health Department. During 10 centering sessions, a group of 8 to 10 women due to deliver at approximately the same time, first meet one-on-one with their healthcare provider, have refreshments, and then circle-up to share thoughts, discuss concerns and suggest solutions within the group.

Studies show that group prenatal care reduces premature births, results in higher birth-weight babies and increases breastfeeding. Women who participate have a higher satisfaction rate about their care as well as a healthy and happy baby. They report feeling more confident about caring for themselves and their infants. To learn more, click here.