Group Prenatal Care: Is It Right for You?
Is Centering for You?
“This model is not for the woman who simply wants to come and be seen by her provider,” says Karen McGee, a CNM with over 20 years experience and president of the board of the Centering Pregnancy and Parenting Association. “With this model women are at the center of their care instead of an office or a hospital.”
Finding a Healthcare Provider that Practices Centering
To date centering has been embraced more in public-health settings than in private practices. Yet as more healthcare providers learn how to use this approach—and more women ask for it—centering experts believe that it will become more widely available. Dr. Joanne Motino Bailey, PhD, a CNM in private practice who also teaches women’s studies at the University of Michigan, currently has only one centering group in her practice. But within the next five to 10 years, she predicts that centering care will make up 50 percent of her prenatal care as word-of-mouth spreads and more women ask for group care. And you’ll no doubt be happy to learn that centering works exactly the same for group care as individual care, when it comes to insurance—there is no difference in the billing.
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