CHN is the first CenteringPregnancy™Â program to receive certification in Northwest Indiana. CenteringPregnancy™ creates a warm nurturing environment for the mom to be and her support system.

History

Community HealthNet (CHN) is a not-for-profit community based primary healthcare organization dedicated to providing accessible, affordable and quality medical services. Community HealthNet strives to serve the needs of all families and individuals of all income levels in need of medical care.

In 2011 Community HealthNet received a grant from the March of Dimes of Indiana to implement a CenteringPregnancy™ Program. Community HealthNet requested the funding to implement a pilot project using the Centering Model of care as a means to reduce the infant mortality among the patients of the health center. A 2012 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found a 47% reduction in preterm births for women in a Centering program compared to women in traditional maternity care.

What is CenteringPregnancy™?

Group Prenatal visits that provide 3 components of prenatal care:

  • Assessment of the mom and the baby
  • Education of the mom and significant others
  • Support of the mom, the baby and family

Group Model for CenteringPregnancy™

  • Initial intake done before 1st session
  • First group session is usually started when the moms are between 12-16 weeks
  • Groups of 8-12 women, with similar due dates are placed together
  • Moms will do their own weight and blood pressure
  • An individual physical assessment is done within the group space by the provider
  • 10 Sessions lasting two hours each and they are facilitated by a group leader
  • 4 Sessions occur every 4 weeks: Months of pregnancy 16, 20, 24, 28
  • 6 Sessions occur every 2 weeks: Months of pregnancy 30, 32, 36, 38, 40, Post Pregnancy
  • Self Monitoring
  • Mom checks her own BP
  • Weight
  • Mom makes notations of the data for her record