Women's perceptions of centeringPregnancy: A focus group study

Judith W. Herrman, Stephanie Rogers, Deborah B. Ehrenthal

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: CenteringPregnancy, a model of group prenatal care, provides healthcare assessment, education, and support to women. The current study was designed to determine women's perceptions of the CenteringPregnancy program. METHODS: Twenty-one women participating in CenteringPregnancy, as part of a larger study, shared their thoughts related to the strengths and weaknesses of their healthcare, thoughts on improvement, and how the care impacted their health and health behaviors. A thematic and iterative analysis process, assisted by Ethnograph 6.0, allowed for the emersion of important themes that were validated in a member check process. RESULTS: The focus group participants provided rich insights into their prenatal experiences in CenteringPregnancy. Four substantive themes emerged from the data: It's about respect, Knowledge is Power, I'm a better mother, and Supporting each other. CONCLUSIONS: CenteringPregnancy was well-received by urban, low-income women during their pregnancy and may have value with select populations. Themes, exemplar quotes, and participant observations may assist others interested in implementing the CenteringPregnancy model of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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