UW Health Arboretum Clinic 'Centers Pregnancy' For Patient Care
Madison, Wisconsin - An evidence-based program to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies is beginning this month at the UW Health Arboretum Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, 1102 S. Park Street.
CenteringPregnancy®, a national initiative of the Centering Healthcare Institute promoted by the March of Dimes, will bring together women in their fourth month of pregnancy to meet monthly, then every other week, for prenatal care, support and health education.
"We're so excited to begin offering expectant mothers this model of care,'' says Dr. Cynthia Anderson, UW-Madison assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who heads the effort. "Research has shown that 'centering' offers not only social support and higher patient satisfaction, but also lower rates of pre-term birth and better outcomes for both mothers and babies.''
The March of Dimes awarded a community grant to the UW Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to begin the program in Madison. Since 2003, the March of Dimes has run a campaign to reduce pre-term birth, which is at epidemic rates in Wisconsin's African-American communities.
The local March of Dimes chapter has its annual fundraising "Walk for Babies'' on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 9:30am in Law Park. For more information, see www.marchofdimes.com/Wisconsin
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Date Published: 05/07/2014