Release Date: 09/16/2014
The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter has awarded a $1,440 grant to
the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
to support Group Prenatal Care through CenteringPregnancy® as part of a
Family Medicine Residency Program. This project is directed at maternal
and child health needs in Rhode Island. The group prenatal visits are a
part of the family medicine training program at Memorial Hospital.
The project will enhance prenatal care through group prenatal
visits that focus on maternal education, behavior change and healthy
habits. Studies of this type of care, based on the CenteringPregnancy®
model, have shown that women participating in group sessions develop
significantly better knowledge of important perinatal health issues than
those receiving traditional individual care. Additionally, women
participating in group visits feel more prepared for labor and delivery
and have higher rates of breastfeeding compared to women attending
individual visits. Perhaps what is most striking is that studies of
group prenatal visits have consistently shown a reduction in low birth
weight and preterm births, even among higher risk groups of women.
In addition to providing financial support for supplies to run the group
visits, this grant will also fund a training session for resident
physicians to learn and practice the skills needed to facilitate group
visits. Through this training, more family physicians will have a better
understanding of the key elements in prenatal care as well as a
background in providing group care specifically.
"We are very grateful to the March of Dimes for their continued support
in allowing us to provide group prenatal care to our pregnant mothers,
and to train residents in this model of care. This is an evidence-based,
exciting, well-liked program that we are thrilled to offer in our
clinic," said Jordan White, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Family
Medicine at Memorial Hospital.
"The evidence supporting the group prenatal visits is astounding," said
Susanna Magee, MD, MPH, Director of Maternal Child Health at Memorial
Hospital. "There are improved breast-feeding rates, decreased rates of
preterm birth, and improved patient satisfaction for those who
participate. All of those outcomes are extremely important to us, and we
look to any new model of care that promotes health. We believe this new
model to be the wave of the future, and are appreciative for our grant
that allows us to continue what we started here in Pawtucket."
This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of
its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant
Drs. Susanna Magee, Jordan White, Rebecca Bak, Nicole Siegert and Alla
Goldburt are the family medicine physicians at Memorial Hospital
responsible for the administration of this grant and the on-going
prenatal group visit program.