The newest trend in prenatal care group doctor visits. Actually, it's called Centering and already, health clinics in a handful of cities across the U.S. are trying this. Centering came to be after many women complained their doctors were too busy and couldn't spend a lot of time in an office visit answering a lot of questions.
So, in a Centering Pregnancy Program, women receive that first visit privately with their doctor, but the monthly visits afterward combine 8 to 10 women with similar due dates so they can have more time with the doctor and learn from each other's questions. The sessions may last up to two hours. Together, the women measure their expanding waistlines and listen to their baby's heart beats along with group discussions about pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting.
"With the group, like all the questions you have about different things and all the myths that people tell you, the doctor, the midwife, the pediatrician, they really, they clear 'em up," says Nkosazana Ewadi, expectant mom.
"It brings something back that has been lost in modern medicine and that is, it's making medicine much more personal and much less impersonal," explains Dr. Pete Bernstein, obstetrician.