CenteringPregnancy® Empowers and Provides Support Throughout Pregnancy

CenteringPregnancy is a unique care model that enables midwives to provide women with pregnancy and birth-related information in a group setting. As a result, expectant mothers learn together and support each other throughout their pregnancies.

We firmly believe that CenteringPregnancy gives women a sense of empowerment and participation in their care, as well as access to community support that is not readily available when working one-on-one with a health care provider.

The CenteringPregnancy program at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital offers pregnant women health assessments, health promotion, education and prenatal care, all in a supportive, group environment.

CenteringPregnancy Offers Proven, Positive Results

Studies support that the centering model improves outcomes for both the mother and her baby. Participants experience a decrease in preterm birth rates, low birth weight and postpartum depression. They also enjoy more successful breastfeeding efforts and increased knowledge, satisfaction and compliance with care.

Cleveland’s Leading CenteringPregnancy Program

The Division of Nurse-Midwifery is proud to offer the largest, most established CenteringPregnancy program in the area. As our CenteringPregnancy program continues to grow, we have received a number of grants to further develop its features and explore its many benefits. Pamela Hetrick, Director of Centering Services, received the Michael T. Gyves Excellence in Obstetrics Award for her many contributions to the practice.

Dancing For Birth

The Division of Nurse-Midwifery also offers Dancing For Birth™ prenatal/postpartum dance classes. Dancing for Birth teaches dance moves inspired by belly dance, African dance, Latin dance and Caribbean dance. These classes help women become stronger, more agile, more at ease with their bodies, and both mentally and physically prepares them to embrace their unique birth experience. It not only provides healthy exercise for the mother during pregnancy, but also promotes optimal positioning for the baby.

Women who continue Dancing For Birth classes postpartum can regain their pre-pregnancy shape and tone more quickly.


The Division of Nurse-Midwifery offers its CeteringPregnancy program services at the following locations:

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