UF Health is now offering a model of group prenatal care at its women’s centers to help reduce the risk of premature birth. Both UF Health Women’s Center – Medical Plaza and UF Health Women’s Center – Springhill offers the group, prenatal care model.
Under the leadership of Dr. Kay Roussos-Ross, our CenteringPregnancy site at UF Health Women’s Center – Medical Plaza is the first CP site in North Florida. The program is being funded in part by the March of Dimes, which awarded Roussos-Ross a $25,000 grant in December 2014. To receive the designation, UF Health Women’s Center – Medical Plaza providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and a nurse-midwife participated in an intensive training process provided by CenteringPregnancy.
“Those who participate will enjoy the camaraderie provided by a group of women who are in the same stages of pregnancy as they are. Comparing issues and telling stories will help to increase their sense of well-being.”
What is CenteringPregnancy?
CenteringPregnancy is a model of group prenatal care that helps reduce the risk of premature birth. It brings women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting.
How does it work?
Pregnant women who wish to participate in the CenteringPregnancy model are grouped by their due dates. After a standard visit to their provider, the women join a group during their fourth month of pregnancy and meet monthly for 1.5-hour sessions. During these sessions with their health care provider, the women receive all the components of individual prenatal care, including health assessment, education, and support. The women and their providers discuss the birth and newborn care as well as overall health and stress management. These meetings continue throughout the length of pregnancy, with appointments occurring more frequently at the end of term.
How to Participate
Potential participants must select their provider from within the group of approved providers (listed below) at UF Health Women’s Center and be less than four months pregnant. To participate, call 352-265-8200.
- Nancy P. Birkmaier, MPH, ARNP
- Libby King, CNM, ARNP
- Jennifer Rex, CNM, ARNP