Implementing Group Prenatal Care: A Case Study of CenteringPregnancy in Detroit
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This study examined an organization dedicated to reducing the infant mortality rate in Detroit through their introduction of a new approach to prenatal care: the CenteringPregnancy model. Since receiving a national grant in the spring of 2013, the organization has been actively engaged in incorporating the model into their regular operations. Current literature of the CenteringPregnancy model inspects its potential to better infant and maternal health, yet few studies have explored the process of introducing CenteringPregnancy. Through interviews, staff indicated Detroit’s inadequate resources, including poor education system and literacy rates, and unreliable transportation system, as well as women’s skepticism of social service providers as challenges that impede effective introduction of Centering groups. Nonetheless, staff members persevere in implementation despite these challenges, largely because of their confidence that the model will deliver support and empowerment to women in Detroit.