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Saginaw County has a rate of preterm delivery of 13.6% compared with the US median of 12.1%. The target for Healthy People 2020 is 11.4%. For low birth weight, our county reports 9.8% compared with 8.2 percent US median and target of 7.8%. Our patient population at CMU Health represents a largely low income, ethnically diverse group of women who are at high risk of poor outcomes and who would stand to greatly benefit from group prenatal care.
Giving birth is one of the most significant and life-changing events for a woman to experience. The first step of your successful delivery is finding a provider you trust. CMU Health’s team of obstetricians and certified nurse midwives are trained in the dedicated service of managing pregnancy, childbirth, and the care of women through labor and delivery.
WHAT IS CENTERING PREGNANCY?
CenteringPregnancy brings 8-12 pregnant women who are due around the same time together for routine prenatal care. Each of the 10 visits is 90 minutes to two hours long—giving you ten times as much time with your provider team. During the visit, you engage in your care by taking your weight and blood pressure, recording your own health data, and having private time with your provider for a belly check. This active participation makes you more aware of your results and what it means to your health and your baby’s health. The remaining time is a facilitated discussion on health topics related to your pregnancy. The group learns from your provider and also from one another.
CENTERING PREGNANCY GIVES yOU
- Better health outcomes proven for both moms and babies
- 34% reduction in premature births
- 44% reduction in risk of low birth weights
- 10x more time with your provider at no additional cost
- Self-care and self-confidence leading up to, and extending beyond, delivery
- Support and lasting friendship with groups of 8-12 women
View upcoming CenteringPregnancy group schedules and call 989-746-7500 to sign up or for more information. Courses are held at 1000 Houghton Ave., Saginaw, MI 48602.