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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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Tiffany L.


In the CenteringPregnancy program, new moms meet in a group setting for well visits during their child’s first year of life. At the sessions, the infants receive their normal screenings, while the moms interact in a group discussion on what to expect during the first year of motherhood. Research has shown that the group model improves outcomes for both the mother and her baby. Tiffany L., a mother of three, has participated in the program with each of her children.


When my doctor recommended the CenteringPregnancy program to me, I didn’t have any hesitation. I was a little anxious to see how it was and what it was about, but I thought it would be good for me. I’m a people person and I like talking to other people. I like to learn new things.

For me, the biggest factor was convenience. I like that you don’t have to schedule so many visits. You get everything done at one time.


"You know that it’s not just you who’s struggling with certain things. It’s a support system where you don’t have to go through it alone."

I think it’s great for first-time moms. It’s very informative and you get to be around other women who understand what you’re going through. You know that it’s not just you who’s struggling with certain things. It’s a support system where you don’t have to go through it alone. Some women even exchanged numbers, so they can keep in touch after the sessions.

It’s different from what people expect because it is longer than the regular doctor’s appointments, but once you go, you realize it’s easier because they help you keep track of everything. You go to one place for everything your child needs.

Centering was new for me each time because each baby is different. It’s not like once you have one baby, you’re an expert on all of them. So, it gave me a place to ask questions, see what’s normal and figure out how to handle whatever motherhood would throw at me.

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