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Women's Perceptions of CenteringPregnancy: A Focus Group Study

Herrman, Judith W. PhD, RN, ANEF; Rogers, Stephanie BS, RN; Ehrenthal, Deborah B. MD

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: January/February 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 1 - p 19–26
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182385204

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.

Women who participated in group prenatal care explain how they felt about it.

Judith W. Herrman, PhD, RN, ANEF, is from School of Nursing, University of Delaware. She can be reached via e-mail at

Stephanie Rogers, BS, RN, is from Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christiana Care Health Services, Newark, DE.

Deborah B. Ehrenthal, MD, is from Department of Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christiana Care Health Services, Newark, DE.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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