By David Wise
March 30, 2022 | FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health and Research and the UAMS Family Medical Center in Fayetteville are working together to provide soon-to-be moms with additional resources, group education and supplies through a new centering program.
CenteringPregnancy® is a prenatal care program that includes a woman’s regular prenatal health checkup, along with extra time for group learning and sharing. Participants build bonds with other moms, are more involved in their health care and are better prepared for the birth of their child. The program is available to pregnant patients of the UAMS Family Medical Center.
“The CenteringPregnancy program® is a great way for moms to bond during pregnancy and develop a strong support system that will benefit them through birth and after,” said Krista Langston, Community Health and Research’s senior director of community programs. Pregnancy can be incredibly challenging, and we’re excited to help mothers navigate their care so they can have healthier pregnancies.”
Moms who participate in a Centering group are less likely to have a premature baby and have higher breastfeeding rates. They also feel more confident about making healthy decisions for their families and themselves. Because Centering includes the mom’s prenatal check-ups, they also have more time with their family while getting extra attention from their doctor and care team.
“Group prenatal care programs like Centering allow moms to spend more time learning about important topics, like healthy weight gain, breastfeeding and the birthing process,” said Sharon Reece, M.D., a physician with the UAMS Family Medical Center in Fayetteville. “Moms in group prenatal care tend to have lower rates of gestational diabetes, greater success with breastfeeding and lower rates of excessive weight gain.”
Participants also are provided a Pack ‘n’ Play, a stroller, a diaper bag, a car seat and more.
CenteringPregnancy® is available in English, Spanish and Marshallese. To learn more about the program or to fill out an interest form, visit http://nwa.uams.edu/chr/centeringpregnancy/.
The UAMS Office of Community Health and Research offers free Family Wellness programs for mothers, fathers and families that include clinical navigation, education, case management and home-visiting services. Programs are available in English, Spanish and Marshallese at no cost and are offered to anyone living in Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties. For more information, visit nwa.uams.edu/chr/familywellness.
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