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The Junior League of Erie, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Centering Teen Pregnancy

The Junior League of Erie is looking into bringing the Centering Teen Pregnancy program, focused on Teens/Young Adults as originally established by a midwife at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN to Erie Teens/Young Women.

Centering Pregnancy is group prenatal care initiative to bring women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting.
Centering group prenatal care follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits, but each visit is 90 minutes to two hours long - giving women 10x more time with their provider. Moms engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure and recording their own health data with private time with their provider for belly check.

Once health assessments are complete, the provider and support staff “circle-up” with moms and support people. They lead facilitative discussion and interactive activities designed to address important and timely health topics while leaving room to discuss what is important to the group. Centering materials help moms and providers ensure that everything from nutrition, common discomforts, stress management, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and infant care are covered in group.

Centering Pregnancy brings 8-10 women all due at the same time together for their care. Providing care in this way allows moms and providers to relax and get to know each other on a much deeper and meaningful level. Members of the group form lasting friendships and are connected in ways not possible in traditional care.

Centering groups comprised of women of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds see those differences diminish in importance as they share the common experience of pregnancy, birth, and family care. Many continue on for family centered well-child care through the first two years in Centering Parenting.

Centering research indicates dramatic improvements in maternal child health outcomes, enhancing the field’s goals for cost savings and better health.
Information provided from: https://www.centeringhealthcare.org/what-we-do/centering-pregnancy

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