There are so many opportunities to add new types of care during your pregnancy. One of these that is not discussed as frequently is group prenatal care.
Not only is this an excellent option for including variation in your prenatal experience, but it can also give you a sense of community as well. By learning more about what group prenatal care is in, you can determine if it could be a good fit for you.
Learning About Group Prenatal Care
At City of Oaks Midwifery, we are committed to finding ways for you to have the smoothest pregnancy experience. With that comes offering group prenatal care for you. Once we have provided you with the background information, you can consult us about if this seems like the right fit for you.
There are many options out there to consider for your pregnancy education needs.
What is group prenatal care?
Group prenatal care is defined by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as designed to improve patient education and include opportunities for social support while maintaining the risk screening and physical assessment of individual prenatal care.
At City of Oaks Midwifery, we refer to our group prenatal care as the “Circle of Life and Learning.” This includes a session among other expectant mothers, nursing staff, and Midwives of City of Oaks Midwifery.
It is an excellent opportunity to meet people in similar situations and those professionals who have faced it many times.
What does a group prenatal care session look like?
Once you decide to attend a group prenatal care session, you can expect a few things. The average size class is around ten women who have due dates that fall close to your own. They often do not start until the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
One of our goals is to increase your impact on your care. This means that during your session, you will meet with a midwife one-on-one to measure your own weight and blood pressure.
You even record this data on your own. From there, everyone involved in the session came together to lead discussions and interactive activities.
These look different as we tackle various aspects of the pregnancy journey. This gives you a sense of community while offering more time with professionals for information and advice. It even creates a better understanding of self-care as women are tasked with doing health services for themselves.
The National Library of Medicine contains a study that explains the differences between group care and individual care for you to dig even deeper into what plan is best for your pregnancy.
How do I find it?
Often, your care facility will have recommendations for a group prenatal care facility. This can help you find a suitable option in your area. Once you have found one, you can begin this journey for yourself.
At City of Oaks Midwifery, we offer our group prenatal care service, which may be the case for your doctors. The key is finding a program that matches your needs. Learning more about a specific program can give you that insight to know what to expect going forward.
Group prenatal care could add to the pregnancy that you’ve been waiting for. It offers a chance for you to develop your maternal nature while also learning from those around you about theirs.
It could even be the perfect place to make new friends. Making these decisions can seem daunting, but they do not have to be. At City of Oaks Midwifery, we are here to answer your questions and provide insight. Check out our website or give us a call at (919) 646-2665.