First Year Cleveland

First Year Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building
11000 Cedar Avenue - 4th Floor Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone 216-368-4837
Home Solutions Addressing Extreme Prematurity CenteringPregnancy Model


CenteringPregnancy® is an evidence-based group prenatal care model that is proven to lead to better health outcomes for babies and mothers – and decrease premature births.

At First Year Cleveland, we want to make sure every baby born in Cuyahoga County celebrates a first birthday. CenteringPregnancy® is making this vision a reality.

CenteringPregnancy is group prenatal care that brings expectant parents together, whose babies are due at approximately the same time, into a comfortable group setting.

The three main components to CenteringPregnancy are:

  • Health assessments, during which patients receive one-on-one time with their provider to learn more about their health and to engage in self-care and the care of their unborn child
  • Interactive learning, which helps patients become more informed and more empowered to make healthier choices for themselves and their babies
  • Community-building during group discussions, during which patients can ask questions and form meaningful relationships with other participants

The CenteringPregnancy model is changing prenatal health care — and is helping mothers and babies across the country.

Studies show that Centering mothers are more likely to deliver healthier, full-term babies. Centering has decreased the rate of preterm births, increased pregnancy spacing (learn more about birth spacing guidelines here) and has nearly eliminated racial disparities in premature birth.

Some other benefits of Centering include:

  • More time with health care providers
  • Lower cost to families
  • More well-rounded and informed education on self-care
  • Fewer after-hour calls to providers and emergency visits, as Centering mothers are more prepared for labor and delivery and better understand what is normal in pregnancy
  • Strong and meaningful friendships

At FYC, we have seen the effectiveness of the CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care model on patients in Cuyahoga County — and that is why FYC Action Team 7, led by the Cuyahoga County CenteringPregnancy Coalition, is committed to increasing the number of expectant moms enrolled in Centering.

Overall, Centering is a fun, engaging, proven model of prenatal care for expectant parents, providers and babies.

Download list of CenteringPregnancy locations throughout Cuyahoga County


Care Alliance Health Center
2916 Central Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Lakewood Medical Building
1450 Belle Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107

Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center 
13944 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112

Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Westlake Medical Campus Bldg. A
850 Columbia Road
Westlake, OH 44145

Cleveland Clinic Foundation – South Pointe Hospital Medical Office Bldg. A
4200 Warrensville Center Road
Suite 215
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
216-491-0141 (voicemail)

MetroHealth Broadway Health Center
6835 Broadway Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44015
Nina Smolinski 216-210-4908

MetroHealth Main Campus
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland, OH 44109
Nina Smolinski 216-210-4908

Neighborhood Family Practice – Ann B. Reichsman Health Center
3545 Ridge Road, Suite 2
Cleveland, OH 44102
Jill Caster ext. 1129

NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON)
8300 Hough Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Leslie Carroll ext. 1014

UH Ahuja Medical Center
3999 Richmond Rd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
Kimberly Wright 216-286-6148

UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children
5805 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Giancarla Gervais 216-675-6667
and April Owens 216-675-6626



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