School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Pregnancy, Obstetrics, Prenatal Care, Group Prenatal Care, CenteringPregnancy
Maternal and Child Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Public Health
Mills, Allison F., "CenteringPregnancy: Perceptions of Providers and Staff in a Private OB Practice" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2207.
Traditional prenatal care has been the stalwart of care in the United States since the 1920s; however, a new model of care is emerging: group-style prenatal care. This model of care has been well-documented within literature as having notable maternal and fetal outcomes, including increased patient satisfaction, decreased preterm birth rates, increased breastfeeding rates, and increased patient compliance, to name only a few. With such remarkable outcomes, it begs the question of why the group prenatal care model is not more widely utilized. This project aimed to determine if increasing the knowledge of healthcare providers in a private obstetrics practice regarding the CenteringPregnancy model of care led to increased intent to provide this model of care within the practice. A pre-education survey was given to 32 participants, followed by education regarding group-style prenatal care, followed by a post-education survey. Results suggested that an increase in knowledge regarding the CenteringPregnancy model leads to an increased interest in providing this model of care.