Innovative Model of Care Offered at Pine Tree Women's Care Combines High-Quality Prenatal Care with Group Education and Support
March 20, 2007
Expectant mothers can take charge of their prenatal care as never before, thanks to the Centering Pregnancy program, a new approach to pregnancy care at Pine Tree Women's Care in Farmington.
Centering Pregnancy provides a group approach to prenatal care, combining essential elements of care that every pregnant woman needs. Following the model of a group prenatal care program developed by the Centering Pregnancy & Parenting Association, this innovative service combines high-quality prenatal care with education and the comforting support of other pregnant
Groups of women with similar due dates form around 16 weeks of pregnancy. In each of the ten sessions, the expectant moms have a private examination with their health care provider. Then they have refreshments and meet as a group to discuss questions, concerns, and solutions. Each woman is encouraged to bring her partner or another support person.
"They'll meet other expectant moms and have a chance to share stories and learn from one another," said Daisy Goodman, a certified nurse midwife who facilitated a popular Centering Pregnancy program when she practiced at Rumford Hospital. "They have a chance to talk about health issues that are important to them, including physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. At first we meet monthly, then as the due date approaches, we meet every two weeks."
Either Goodman or certified nurse practitioner Susan Tinguely, facilitates the groups along with a Pine Tree Women's Care office nurse. Being able to meet together with the same group of expectant parents allows for continued sharing and development of a support network, which often extends well into the childrearing period.
A sampling of discussion topics includes: nutrition, prenatal testing, exercise, childbirth, infant care, breast and bottle-feeding, relationship issues, parenting, and postpartum concerns.
"The Centering Pregnancy program is empowering to women. It allows women to assume control for their own health and the health of their baby. It's also a creative way that women can increase their knowledge regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting," added Goodman. "And, individual consultation is always available if a woman misses a Centering session or if she has a
medical problem that needs attention."
Pine Tree Women's Care is located at 200 Livermore Falls Road in Farmington. Obstetrical services are also provided at Franklin Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services in Livermore Falls.
For more information on Centering Pregnancy or to receive a brochure, call their offices at 778-6394.
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