The USA MEDDAC Obstetrics / Gynecology Clinic in Watertown has implemented a new initiative for its patients.
It’s the “Centering Pregnancy Group Prenatal Care” program, which provides care in groups that are facilitated rather than taught.
The program encourages Fort Drum community women to bring a wealth of knowledge to the group based on their experiences, support and wisdom.
The first group will begin Aug. 9 for those planning to deliver in January or February.
The group will meet for 10 two-hour sessions, having 20 hours of face-to-face time with the primary provider (rather than 2.5 hours during traditional care).
All prenatal sessions are scheduled in advance. There is no wait time.
Sessions start and end as scheduled, and include all facets of care: assessment, education and most importantly, support.
Evidenced based benefits include: improved pregnancy outcomes, decreased preterm births, increased patient / provider satisfaction, breastfeeding rates, birth weight, attendance, knowledge and fewer emergency room visits.
The program also goes beyond pregnancy and includes centering care for the first year of life (well-baby care); parenting skills, and, chronic care (such as with diabetes).
For additional information about the group, call OB/GYN at 785-4624.