USAHC-SB offers Centering Pregnancy program

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments


Tripler Army Medical Center logo1st Lt. Jason Kilgore

U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — To better serve the community, the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks is excited to announce that it has brought the Centering Pregnancy program, here.

After the first trimester, centering allows women to go through the appointments together. Centering helps pregnant women build a network and support system that lasts through the entire pregnancy. Not only will the patients establish a support system and network, they get 10 times the amount of time with the provider when compared to the traditional one-on-one patient to provider visits.

Hawaii-CRG“Patients overwhelmingly express they are glad they opted for centering, saying that this model is more personal than traditional care,” said Christine Host, a registered nurse and Centering Pregnancy coordinator.

She added that, overall, she finds women “appreciate the time spent focusing on the pregnancy.”

For those that are hesitant to switch from the traditional form of prenatal care to centering, Host suggests “a safe option would be to try out the first session and then decide.”

Enrollment usually occurs prior to 24 weeks, and patients may discontinue the program any time. The program is open to both military and family members with routine, low-risk pregnancies. Each group visit lasts two hours with the health care provider guiding the session. Although this is a group session, patients still have private time with their provider up to the birth.

Patients will be responsible for tracking their weight and blood pressure. For patients who are looking for a great support system and close network throughout their pregnancy, there is no better option. There will always be someone to help throughout the pregnancy. To learn more about Centering Pregnancy, ask about it at your next appointment.

Other services
USAHC-SB also offers postpartum child-support services, such as Breastfeeding Basics and Play Mornings, and programs directed toward new parents. One of the more popular programs is Daddy Boot Camp. It is taught by dads, for dads. The class covers caring for mom, teamwork, crying babies, a dad’s bag of tricks, safety, postpartum adjustments, dad’s role as the “protector” and much more.

The USAHC-SB is continually looking to improve its system for health by scoring the highest level of quality in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Patient Center Medical Home, Soldier Center Medical Home, or relocating clinics to better serve patients.

More Online
The “Pregnancy A to Z” website and apps provide great resources for expecting parents at www.pregnancyatoz.org/.

TAMC Tip

Smoke Free

Smoking can lead to tobacco/nicotine dependence and other serious health problems. Quitting has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones.

Some of those benefits include the following:

  • Lowered risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer.
  • Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
  • Reduced heart disease risk within one to two years of quitting.
  • Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Reduced risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
  • Reduced risk for infertility in women of reproductive age.

Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby. There is also less risk that the baby will be born too early.

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