Centering Pregnancy: A Model for Pregnant Adolescents


  • Carrie S. Klima CNM, PhD

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    • Carrie S. Klima, CNM, PhD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing. She has been instrumental in the implementation of Centering Pregnancy groups in Connecticut and Chicago and has worked extensively with adolescents in her clinical practice.

Department of Maternal-Child Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 S. Damen Avenue (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612.


Recent exploration of the experiences of pregnant and parenting adolescents has uncovered the need to address the unique developmental, social, and cultural aspects of adolescent pregnancy. Many adolescents, especially those from urban areas, live in communities with limited opportunities, poverty, violence, and a lack of support. Programs that help young women discover their inner strength, create environments for empowerment, and build community may help adolescents to achieve goals and parent successfully. Centering Pregnancy is a model of group prenatal care that provides for the assessment, education, and support of pregnant women and may be particularly useful in adolescent populations. The model is described and the ways adolescents may benefit from Centering Pregnancy's unique design is discussed.