CenteringPregnancyTM is a health care concept originating from the USA, whereby a pregnant woman gets an active role in her care. An increasing number of midwifery practices in the Netherlands is offering CenteringPregnancy today. Women with the same gestational age have group consults with 8 to 12 other women. The consults combine blood pressure measurement and examination of the fetal growth with awareness, sharing knowledge and experiences, learning health literacy and encouraging mutual support and friendship. These group consults last for 120 minutes.
Results from American research show that CenteringPregnancy decreases the chances of premature birth and ensures that women have more knowledge, are better prepared for giving birth and are more satisfied with the care they received.