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Community HealthNet starts pregnancy clinic

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For more information about Centering Health Care, visit www.centeringhealthcare.org/pages/centering-model/model-overview.php.

Updated: December 26, 2012 6:24AM



GARY — Community HealthNet is starting a program that will allow pregnant women to help one another via group sessions by sharing solutions to problems.

Centering Pregnancy is a group prenatal program that will offer support, a place for women to air concerns about their pregnancies, and be active in their care.

During a recent ribbon-cutting, local health agencies got a first look at the clinic, located on the second floor inside Community HealthNet’s main office at 1021 W. 5th Ave.

There are 10 sessions, and each includes a baby-and- mom check, which includes blood pressure and weight, private time with a health care provider, breathing and relaxation exercises, socializing with other group members, and discussions about pregnancy with other women.

The room where the sessions take place has a calming atmosphere with a circle of rocking chairs and other items to make pregnant women comfortable.

Each session will last about two hours. The first four sessions will meet monthly, the others twice a month.

Dr. Janet Seabrook, Community HealthNet CEO, said the clinic is a dream come true. She said Centering Pregnancy Clinics are known nationally, but this will be the first in Indiana.

Seabrook said Community HealthNet received a $14,000 grant from the March of Dimes Indiana in Indianapolis last year.

“That grant was used to prepare for this clinic,” she said. “We will go through an 18-month trial and training period ... . We’ve applied for a $25,000 grant that we hope to use to expand the program once we are certified.”

Dianne Mallory is the project grant coordinator for the Centering Pregnancy Clinic. She said she researched CPCs and was excited about the prospects.

“This clinic will allow our pregnant clients to have more responsibility in taking care of their babies and themselves,” Mallory said. “Many young women especially do not know what to do next, nor do they have that type of help at their convenience. I was a teen mother, so I know about being scared and unsure of what type of planning I needed to do.”

Certified nurse and midwife Leah Staples also will be part of the clinic. Seventeen women have signed up.

“You find comparisons about health issues and concerns, and you can share ideas and suggestions on how to deal with those issues,” Staples said.



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