What is the
- Pregnancy traditionally focuses on three trimesters.
- Centering has been show to help reduce preterm birth.
- Preterm birth means the infant is born before the due date, which can be life threatening to both mother and infant.
- Preterm birth can be prevented by care provided to the mother throughout the first, second and third trimesters.
- The “Fourth” Trimester refers to the six weeks following birth of the baby.
What Makes Shadyside’s
Centering Program Different?
- The FHC has created a unique program called “May the 4th Be With You”.
- This program focuses on care during pregnancy to reduce common medical issues seen during the “fourth” trimester.
- Over 12 sessions, the program has shown to be a major success.
- Lower rates of complications during pregnancy.
- Lower rates of delivery complications are proven.
- Increase breast feeding rates are increased among mothers who complete centering.
- Reduced preterm delivery is reduced among women in our Centering class.
NO Cost to YOU!
- We won FIRST PLACE for the “Best Innovative Quality Improvement Project” in 2021 Quality and Patient Safety Fair hosted by Shadyside Hospital.
- This program is funded by the Shadyside Hospital Grant Foundation Program.
- This means mothers and their partners enrolled in the course do not pay for classes.
- On top of this, if you are a patient at Shadyside’s Family Health Center, then your centering classes will take the place of normal OB appointments.
- This means less time in the waiting room, and more time with the doctor and centering instructors.
What We Are
Focusing On Next
- We know racial disparity in pregnancy care exist.
- According to the CDC, preterm birth was the highest among black in 2019.
- The preterm delivery in 2019 rate among black women in 2019 was 14%, which is two times higher than white women.
- In Shadyside’s Centering Pregnancy Program, 52% of our moms are black while 27% are white.
- If the Centering Pregnancy Program at Shadyside is able able to prevent one preterm birth, that is making a different in our community.