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Group Prenatal Visits Offer Improved Outcomes

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New Option Offers Camaraderie & Shared Learning

Beginning this winter, pregnant women will have the option of group prenatal visits at Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology in Corvallis. With group visits lasting about two hours, women will have more time with their care teams and can benefit from the experiences and support of other women in their group. 

“This model of care, known as Centering, has been shown to have a positive impact on women’s pregnancies, birthing experiences and the health of their newborns” said Certified Nurse Midwife Emily Zeno Yeast, who was instrumental in bringing this program to Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology. “It brings women out of the exam room and into a comfortable group setting for their prenatal visits. The supportive group dynamic helps women develop skills, gain confidence and learn interactively about their pregnancies, labor and delivery and beyond.”

The Centering group prenatal visits bring 8 to 10 women, who are due around the same time, together for the highest quality of prenatal care. Centering is an innovative, evidence-based model of group care that effectively addresses the complexities of each woman’s life that affect her health and wellbeing, and that of her unborn baby. 

Generous funding from the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, the Isabelle Siracusa Bernier and Paul Emile Bernier Endowment and the Women Investing in Samaritan Health giving circle has made this program possible. 

“We’re thrilled that we have received so much support to bring this program to our community,” Yeast said. “All of our midwives and physicians are looking forward to offering this option as another way each woman can plan an individualized birthing experience that works for her.”

For more information on the Centering models of group prenatal care, visit centeringhealthcare.org.

Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology features midwives and doctors working together to offer women the best of both worlds - woman and family-centered care with advanced expertise for complex situations. For more information or to make an appointment, call 541-768-5300