On Wednesday, June 28, Centering Pregnancy at York Hospital celebrates its five-year anniversary. The Centering program model brings eight to 12 pregnant women who are due around the same time together for prenatal care. Each of 10 visits is 90 minutes to two hours long—giving women ten times as much time with their provider team. Group sessions allow for more time to explore important health and wellness topics and encourage supportive relationships among moms-to-be. The above photo shows a recent Centering group pregnancy yoga session with guest leader, York Hospital’s own Dr. Kathryn Brokus (back center, wearing a red tank top), who was also expecting. Yoga was a big success! There have been many successes in the past five years, such as:

  • 336 patients have participated in Centering.
  • 16 Centering facilitators have been trained, and 11 are currently running groups.
  • 340 Centering babies have been born.
  • Centering group sessions continued, virtually, throughout the pandemic.
  • 370 Centering sessions have been held.
  • Two grantors have supported our Centering program: The Cynthia Harts Raymond Fund and The Rosamond Thaxter Foundation. We are grateful for their support.
  • Patients from every Centering group have maintained friendships with each other after the program’s conclusion.

In acknowledging the five-year milestone, York Hospital’s Centering Coordinator, Elizabeth Kilgore, RN, CD, CCE, shares: “I have never been more proud of our facilitator team and their commitment to Centering at York Hospital. I’m thankful that these expectant mothers and their partners from our community have Centering available to them. The community-building aspect of Centering is priceless. It is a true honor to coordinate this program.”

Please visit Centering Pregnancy at York Hospital for more information.