CenteringPregnancyâ„¢ Support & Resources - Ascension Wisconsin

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Your Baby, Your Body, Childbirth & Parenting

Finding out you're pregnant can be one the happiest, yet most stressful times in your life. The good news is you're not alone. Many women need extra support from people who know what it's like to go through this. That's why we provide CenteringPregnancy™, a group care program where you spend more time with your doctor and other pregnant women. It gives you the chance to learn a lot more about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

CenteringPregnancy is offered at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints and Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus' Women's Outpatient Center.

Invaluable Knowledge & Resources to Prepare You for Parenthood

Our CenteringPregnancy™ model of care has proven to work well. Studies show that group pregnancy care reduces premature births, increases breastfeeding and improves socialization. This can be attributed to the combination of education, support and knowledge that participants gain in a group setting.

Group Care

CenteringPregnancy uses a group model of prenatal care that combines six goals – achieving better health outcomes, allowing more time with the provider, providing education related to self-care, promoting support and friendship, improving self-confidence, and fostering an environment of learning and fun.

Rather than meet with your doctor one-on-one in his or her office, you'll be in a group with other women whose due dates are close to yours. Each group meets for 10 sessions throughout pregnancy and early after the baby is born.

During each session, you'll have private time with your doctor who provides the same routine exams that you would receive during a regular clinic visit.

You'll also meet as a group to discuss questions, concerns and solutions, including the following topics:

  • Nutrition
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnancy symptoms
  • Family relationships
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Labor, delivery and hospital procedures
  • Infant care and feeding
  • Postpartum experiences

Fathers are invited to join group sessions; however, we ask that you do not bring children.

Self-Care & Empowerment

Your doctor will measure your belly to check your baby's growth, listen to their heartbeat, make sure you receive the lab tests you need and answer your questions. You'll also learn how to take your own blood pressure and weight, track your baby's growth and your own pregnancy progress, and the tools to help you make healthier choices for you, your baby and your whole family.

Note: Ultrasounds are done as needed and through separate appointments at the hospital.

Pregnancy Discussions

During the program, you'll meet other pregnant women and have an opportunity to share stories and learn from one another. You'll be able to talk about health issues that are important to you and all the things you're going through. You'll be together every month at first. Then, as the birth of your baby approaches, you'll meet every two weeks.

Meeting Dates & Locations

We will let you know ahead of time when the group meets. This makes it easy for you to plan childcare or your work schedule. Check-ups, support and education all take place in a group setting. So, you won't need to take any other separate childbirth classes.

Request More Information

For more information about the CenteringPregnancy™ program, please call:

  • All Saints: 262-687-3138
  • St. Joseph Campus' Women's Outpatient Center: 414-447-2275

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