By Betsy Stein
When Jessica Cole of Glen Burnie goes in for her prenatal visits at her ob/gyn, she’s not in and out in 15 minutes. She’s there for at least two hours, and she loves it.
Cole is part of a new model of care for pregnant women called CenteringPregnancy™ being offered at Baltimore Washington Women’s Health Associates, which has several offices throughout Anne Arundel County. The program takes women out of exam rooms and into groups of women with similar due dates for their prenatal care. Each group completes its care together during 10 sessions with a facilitator and provider. The women track the health of their pregnancy and also discuss a variety of educational topics.
“I like this Centering a lot better. It’s much more personal,” explained Cole, who is due in April and also has a 4-year-old. “We talk about everything and others ask questions that I might not have thought of. It’s really informative. I’ve learned so much even though I have had a baby.”