My Baby My Way

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Centering Pregnancy™ Details

Below is a sampling of the topics covered in each group session:

Session 1:
(12-16 weeks)

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Group guidelines
  • My pregnancy: what’s most important?
  • Personal goals
  • Prenatal testing
  • Nutrition
    • Weight changes & calories
    • Foods to avoid
    • Gestational diabetes
  • Serving Sizes
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol
    • Drugs and medications
    • Changing bad habits

Session 2:
(16-20 weeks)

  • Common discomforts
  • Body changes in pregnancy
  • Taking care of your back
  • Healthy gums and teeth

Session 3:
(20-24 weeks)

  • Relaxation – managing stress
  • Thinking about breastfeeding
  • Thinking about my family
  • Mental relaxation
  • Breastfeeding my baby
  • The family I want to have

Session 4:
(24-28 weeks)

  • Family planning and safe sex
  • Keeping myself safe and healthy
  • Thinking about my family
  • Sexuality
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Fetal brain development
  • Preterm labor

Session 5:
(26-30 weeks)

  • How am I doing?
  • Comfort during labor
  • Review of goals
  • Labor

    • Signs of labor
    • False labor
    • Timing your contractions
    • Stages of labor
    • Preparing for labor and birth
    • Comfort measures for labor
  • Birthing facility
  • Breathing
  • Medications for labor and birth
  • Early labor – when to call

Session 6:
(28-32 weeks)

  • Labor decisions
  • The birth experience
    • Vaginal birth
    • Pushing techniques
    • Cesarean birth
    • Vaginal birth after cesarean birth

Session 7:
(30-34 weeks)

  • Decision after the baby is born
  • Newborn’s first days
  • Planning pediatric care
  • Caring for your baby
    • Parent-infant bonding
    • Feeding your baby
    • Oral health
    • Preventing SIDS: safe sleep safety
    • Emergency numbers
  • Circumcision
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Newborn – when to call

Session 8:
(32-36 weeks)

  • Feelings
  • Pregnancy to parenting transition
  • Kick counts
  • Emotional adjustments
  • Baby blues
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy – when to call

Session 9:
(34-38 weeks)

  • Thinking ahead
  • Putting it all together
    • Newborn care
    • Feeding your baby
    • Breastfeeding is best
  • Newborn safety
  • Infant massage

Session 10:
(36-40 weeks)

  • My baby’s birth
  • “I’m still pregnant” or “I just had a baby”
  • Newborn care
    • Sleep
    • Cleaning and bathing
    • Safety
    • Shaken baby syndrome
    • Calming your baby
  • Growth and development – the first month
  • Home and family changes
  • Newborn – when to call
  • New mom – when to call
  • All about my baby
  • Centering Pregnancy evaluation
  • Health outcomes survey