As part of our approach to patient-centered care, Virginia Garcia works to create opportunities for patients and families to learn from each other and create social connections.
The Centering Pregnancy program brings together soon-to-be mothers to receive care and information in groups with other women at similar points in their pregnancy.
The groups meet throughout their pregnancy for a total of 10 two-hour sessions with the same provider and a co-facilitator. The groups are mostly led by the participants, so women get to learn from each other as much as they do from the providers and support staff.
These sessions also include topics like breastfeeding, childbirth preparation, contraception, nutrition, healthy habits, family dynamics, domestic violence, postpartum and newborn care.
Centering Pregnancy in Hillsboro started as a small pilot program with only 12 participants in 2010. Now about 100 patients participate in these groups throughout the year, with five OB providers holding groups on different days and times.
Centering Pregnancy has been shown to improve women’s satisfaction in their care, and empower them and their families to make positive changes in their health behaviors to prevent preterm birth, decrease rates of low-birth weight and increase breastfeeding rates.