Thomas Jefferson University Hospital now offers its patients the option to participate in CenteringPregnancy®. The program will also kick off soon at Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital. We sat down with Centering Nurse Coordinator in OB/GYN, Renee Wynn to learn more about what the program entails.
Q: What makes CenteringPregnancy® different from standard prenatal care?
A: This approach allows women and their partners to meet with their providers as well as other pregnant women and partners to become more educated about their pregnancy, debunk myths and learn how to take care of their babies once they are born.
Q: Will I see the same physicians when I come?
A: Absolutely, at this time, we have two physicians who lead these sessions. Our goal is that patients will only see one of those two physicians throughout their entire journey with us. We want the experience to be consistent.
Q: Will I have private time with my doctor?
A: Yes. We spend the beginning portion of the session doing health assessments. During that time, you and your support person will meet with the physician to ask anything you would prefer not to say in front of the group. We also set up any necessary follow-up appointments for you, so that you don’t have to worry about doing that on your own.
Q: What will I learn?
A: Each class is devoted to a certain topic related to the stage of your pregnancy. We begin with nutrition and what you should be eating during their pregnancy. Throughout the course, we cover topics like breastfeeding, contraception, common labor and birth and newborn care. We tour the Labor and Delivery department, so you will see where you will give birth. We teach mommies and partners how to swaddle and burp a baby. We even educate you on how to choose a pediatrician.
Q: Is this just for first-time moms?
A: Absolutely not. We welcome new moms and veteran moms. We have even had moms of three children who decided to do Centering with their fourth and said they have learned more after this course than they did after three children.
Speak to your physician to see if CenteringPregnancy® is right for you, or call 1-800-JEFF-NOW to schedule an appointment.