Mary Alice Grady, CNM, MS, is in clinical practice at the Teen Pregnancy Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She is adjunct faculty at Washington University School of Medicine.
Pregnancy Outcomes of Adolescents Enrolled in a CenteringPregnancy Program
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2004 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 49, Issue 5, pages 412–420, September-October 2004
How to Cite
Grady, M. A. and Bloom, K. C. (2004), Pregnancy Outcomes of Adolescents Enrolled in a CenteringPregnancy Program. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 49: 412–420. doi: 10.1111/j.1542-2011.2004.tb04435.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- keywords: adolescent;
- prenatal care
Adolescent pregnancy remains a significant social, economic, and health issue in the United States. The unique developmental needs of the pregnant adolescent require attention when designing prenatal care services. The CenteringPregnancy model of group prenatal care provides education and support for young women in an active and developmentally appropriate environment. Thirteen groups of adolescents (N = 124) have completed the Centering program at the Teen Pregnancy Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Evaluation data suggest that the model has encouraged excellent health care compliance, satisfaction with prenatal care, and low rates of preterm birth and low birth weight infants.