For soon-to-be teen parents, a little guidance from peers who know what it’s like can go a long way. At the Teen Pregnancy Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a group prenatal care program called Centering Pregnancy, helps patients progress together through their clinic visits in a cohort-like setting.

“Research f rom the Teen Pregnancy Center shows that Centering Pregnancy has significantly decreased pre-term births and low-birth-weight babies in our patients,” says Kate Barbier, coordinator of the program. “It has also increased patient and provider satisfaction. Patients feel empowered when they are highly involved in their care, and staff enjoy getting to know patients so well.”

Centering Pregnancy was developed for soon-to-be-moms to progress through their pregnancies together – meeting every two weeks in the second and third trimesters. They track their own weight and blood pressure, and are responsible for reporting that information back to their care providers. In 2010, Centering Pregnancy was expanded to meet the needs of the adult clients served by the hospital’s obstetric clinic.

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