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Birth Models That Work$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay, and Jan Tritten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248632

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248632.001.0001

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Circles of Community: The CenteringPregnancy® Group Prenatal Care Model

Circles of Community: The CenteringPregnancy® Group Prenatal Care Model

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(p.365) Chapter 13 Circles of Community: The CenteringPregnancy® Group Prenatal Care Model
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Birth Models That Work
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Sharon Schindler Rising

Rima Jolivet

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248632.003.0014

CenteringPregnancy®, a copyrighted program design, is a multifaceted model that integrates the three major components of prenatal care—health assessment, education, and support—into a unified program within a group setting. Through this unique model of care, women are empowered to choose health-promoting behaviors. Health outcomes, specifically increased birth weight and gestational age for mothers who deliver preterm, and increased satisfaction expressed by both the women and their providers, support the effectiveness of this model for the delivery of prenatal care. The group provides a circle of safety for the expression of questions, troubles, and anxieties. The model is widely implemented across the United States, in private practices, and public health clinics, among women of different ages and different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and with women whose pregnancies unfold under special circumstances, such as infection with HIV or incarceration.

Keywords:   group setting, prenatal care, public health clinics, health-promoting behaviors, gestational age

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