Elizabeth Adams

UK Program Delivers Community, Care and Education for Women with High-Risk Pregnancies

Published: Feb 6, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2014) - With pillows propped behind their backs and workbooks in hand, a group of women in their third trimesters of pregnancy gathered at UK HealthCare's Polk Dalton Clinic on Feb. 4.

 

They took turns meeting privately with a midwife. They chatted about baby movements with nurses, who measured their blood pressures. Then they formed a circle to discuss topics such as signs of labor, benefits of breastfeeding and how many diapers they'll go through in one day after the baby is born. 

 

The CenteringPregnancy program, a combined support group and prenatal appointment for women with high-risk pregnancies, fulfills the Strong Start grant awarded to UK HealthCare for its Efforts to Maximize Prenatal Outcomes in Women at Risk (EMPOWR) model of care. UK HealthCare was one of 27 organizations in the nation awarded funding from the Center for Medicaid Services for high-risk pregnancy intervention programs in 2013.

 

Through the CenteringPregnancy program, women are grouped by due date and risk factors, meeting a total of 10 times through the course of their pregnancies. The program is designed to help women modify behaviors that lead to adverse prenatal outcomes, such as tobacco use, diabetes, depression and other obstetric risk factors. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to eliminate barriers of access to quality prenatal health care and reduce the incidence of preterm births across Kentucky. The program is available to women qualifying for Medicaid services. 

 

Program participant Claudine Brigaine briefly left her group at the Polk Dalton clinic after a co-worker recommended she seek pregnancy care elsewhere. Brigaine returned to UK because she was missing personal connections with providers and the sense of community she found through the CenteringPregnancy program. She also appreciated the opportunity to share her experiences and learn from other pregnant women in her group.   

 

"I decided to come back home," Brigaine said. "It's nice because sometimes you have confusion or pain, and you realize it's normal - you are not by yourself."

 

Nancy Jennings, a registered nurse, facilitates groups of women that meet at the Polk Dalton Clinic and UK's Good Samaritan Hospital. Currently, more than 120 women are enrolled in CenteringPregnancy groups that meet through UK. Each session begins with a health assessment and meeting with the provider, followed by CenteringPregnancy curriculum and a discussion of EMPOWR principles relevant to the group, which could include a healthy diet, smoking cessation or strategies to decrease stress.

 

"Sometimes people go through a pregnancy and have needs and concerns that in a traditional care setting don't have time to be addressed," Jennings said. "These women have 20 hours of face-to-face time with their prenatal care team during the pregnancy; in a traditional care setting, you might get 10 minutes per visit."

 

The Strong Start grant also funds CenteringPregnancy programs at affiliated clinics in Frankfort and Morehead. For more information about the CenteringPregnancy program, visit www.centeringhealthcare.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

dsc05290.jpg
June
 
 
 
1
 
Wed
2
 
Thu
3
Postdoctoral Research Symposium (Hosted by Society of Postdoctoral Scholars)
Fri
4
 
Sat
5
 
Sun
6
LINKS Center Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis
Mon
7
LINKS Center Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis
End of the Summer I 2016 Four-Week Intersession
Tue
8
LINKS Center Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis
Wed
9
LINKS Center Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
First Day of Classes of the Summer II 2016 Eight-Week Session
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Thu
10
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
LINKS Center Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Fri
11
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Family Day Workshop
Sat
12
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Sun
13
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Mon
14
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Tue
15
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Wed
16
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Thu
17
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Film Screening: Artists on the Body
Fri
18
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Sat
19
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Sun
20
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Mon
21
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Tue
22
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Wed
23
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Steve Zahn: One Night Only
Thu
24
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Fri
25
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Sat
26
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Sun
27
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Mon
28
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Tue
29
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Wed
30
UK Writing Center Open for Summer Session 2 (June 9-August 4)
Music Education Summer Training
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds
Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama
Thu
 
 

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 01 2016 .
Mon, 06/27/2016

Repeats every day until Sun Jul 31 2016 .
Mon, 06/27/2016

Repeats every day until Fri Jul 01 2016 .
Tue, 06/28/2016

Reset Page