Centered around pregnancy

The UF Health Women’s Center has been given a $40,000 grant renewal for the CenteringPregnancy program, which offers group prenatal care to help reduce the risk of premature birth. Pregnant women who wish to participate in the CenteringPregnancy model are grouped by their due dates. After a standard visit to their provider, the women join a group during their third month of pregnancy. The groups initially meet monthly, then bimonthly closer to delivery. During these sessions, they receive all components of individual care as well as additional support and education. The CenteringPregnancy groups will now be offered at locations including UF Health Women’s Center – Medical Plaza, UF Health Women’s Center – Springhill, Ocala and the SW Advocacy Group in Gainesville. Potential participants must choose an approved provider at the UF Health Women’s Center and be fewer than four months pregnant. To participate, call 352-265-8200. — Leah Harms