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Episcopal Health Services Launches Centering Pregnancy Program

Far Rockaway, New York, January 16, 2024 — Episcopal Health Services (EHS) is pleased to announce the introduction of a Centering Pregnancy program as part of its Obstetrics & Gynecology department. This innovative initiative, the first of its kind in the Rockaways, provides expectant mothers with traditional prenatal care and childbirth education throughout their pregnancy and baby’s first weeks.

As part of the Centering Pregnancy program, participants are grouped based on their period of gestation. These groups then attend provider-led meetings that focus on all aspects of wellness, cultivating mutual support and connection among members.

According to the Centering Healthcare Institute, Centering nearly eliminates racial disparities in preterm birth. Expectant mothers in the program also see positive outcomes, including healthier babies and improved readiness for labor, delivery, and infant care.

“Our Centering Pregnancy program is of utmost importance, as it provides a holistic approach to prenatal care, focusing not only on the physical health of the mother but also on her emotional well-being. By bringing together a group of expectant mothers who are due around the same time, the program fosters a sense of community. This collaborative environment promotes better understanding of pregnancy, enhances self-confidence, and ultimately leads to improved birth outcomes and healthier babies,” said Dr. Jacqueline Marecheau, Chairperson, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

In addition to receiving educational resources and support, expectant mothers in the program will receive a Centering Pregnancy Passport to document their pregnancy journey, including healthcare visits and decisions they make regarding their individual care.

About Episcopal Health Services

Episcopal Health Services Inc., (EHS) is a health system located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York. The system provides emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved Rockaways and Five Towns populations. The system provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment, and rehabilitative services, regardless of their ability to pay.