Centering Pregnancy Care Specialist

Buffalo Women Services

Obstetrics Gynecology & Abortion located in Buffalo, NY

Proper prenatal care and deep education about pregnancy, labor, and birth are critical to ensuring a safe and satisfying birth experience. At The Birthing Center of Buffalo/Buffalo Women Services in Buffalo, New York, board-certified OB/GYN Katharine Morrison, MD, and her highly trained team offer free Centering Pregnancy Care to optimize your pregnancy and birth experience. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Centering Pregnancy Care Q&A

What is Centering Pregnancy Care?

Pregnancy is a wonderful life event you and your partner want to fully embrace. Centering Pregnancy Care at The Birthing Center of Buffalo is an exceptional modality that combines education and community with prenatal care. It prepares you for labor, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting.

Centering Pregnancy Care consists of ten two hour sessions that combine prenatal care appointments with a facilitated discussion. 

What are the benefits of Centering Pregnancy Care?

At Birthing Center of Buffalo, they have offered Centering since 2013 and mentored more than 40 groups. Some of the numerous benefits of Centering Pregnancy Care include:

  • Prenatal and childbirth education
  • A healthier, safer pregnancy
  • Tools to achieve a natural, unmedicated birth
  • Community support from other couples
  • Preparation for breastfeeding and newborn care
  • Intensive yet unhurried education 

What should I expect during Centering Pregnancy Care?

Prior to beginning Centering Pregnancy Care, you will have one to four prenatal appointments with Dr. Morrison and her birth assistant to determine if natural out-of-hospital birth is right for you. 

You begin Centering Pregnancy Care at The Birthing Center of Buffalo at about 20 weeks of pregnancy. You participate in group sessions with your partner. Each group has 5-9 couples who are all about the same gestational age with similar due dates. 

Your group meets every other week for two hours, for a total of 10 sessions. You have a brief, individual prenatal appointment with your Dr. Morrison and then participate in facilitated discussions with other people in your group, Dr. Morrison and the birth assistant. 

Each Centering Pregnancy Care meeting has a different topic, such as low-intervention birth, stages of labor, comfort measures in labor, breastfeeding, correct nutrition during pregnancy, nutrition for children, and newborn care.

How does Centering Pregnancy Care prepare me for labor?

At the end of 10 sessions, you’ve spent 20 hours with Dr. Morrison, the Birth Assistant, and other group members. You’re thoroughly educated in labor mechanics and have a toolkit for achieving a natural, unmedicated birth and breastfeeding your baby.

Centering Pregnancy Care clients truly enjoy Centering because of the community support and education they gain. Centering is free and even open to couples who aren’t planning to have their babies at the Birthing Center of Buffalo. 

To learn more about centering and sign up for Centering pregnancy care, schedule an appointment at Buffalo Women Services over the phone or online today.