Duke Family Medicine Center now offering CenteringPregnancy® prenatal care

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Duke Family Medicine Center is now offering CenteringPregnancy® prenatal care for expectant moms. The model of care replaces routine individual visits with group visits of eight to twelve pregnant women who are due about the same time.


The first group of expectant moms began meeting last week at the Duke Family Medicine Center’s Marshall I. Pickens Building on Erwin Road. New groups will begin meeting every five to six weeks.

In a two-hour visit, moms have a one-on-one assessment with the provider and plenty of time for group sharing and discussions. Patients participate in their own care and have time with their provider to discuss important information.

Patients receive all the components of prenatal care, including health assessment, education and support. In the group sessions there is a facilitated discussion of pregnancy, birth and newborn care as well as discussion of overall health, stress management and more.

Duke Family Medicine Center team

The Duke Family Medicine Center CenteringPregnancy Steering Committee has been working for months to get CenteringPregnancy up and running. Members of the steering committee are:

  • Demetria Drummond, CMA
  • Sharon Grooms, ambulatory care nurse
  • Renee Harding, CMA
  • Betty Kimrey, service access manager
  • Stacie Nichols, nurse manager
  • Brenda Norris, ambulatory care nurse
  • Teri Pond, Duke Family Medicine Residency program coordinator
  • John Ragsdale, M.D., Duke Family Medicine Center medical director
  • Kathryn Ramer, strategic services associate
  • Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPH, PA-C, Duke CFM vice chair for education
  • Donna Tuccero, M.D., Duke Family Medicine Residency program associate program director

Health outcomes

Centering® is a group health care model that is changing how women and care providers feel about the patient care experience. It is proven to dramatically improve health outcomes, reducing the odds of premature birth between 33 and 47 percent across studies, and lowering health care costs. Centering’s approved sites are estimated to have saved the health care system $44.3 million in 2011.

The reduced odds of preterm birth are particularly dramatic for African American women. A 2007 study in Obstetrics and Gynecology found the odds of preterm births in African American women was reduced by 41 percent.

Insurance and eligibility

Duke Family Medicine Center, located at 2100 Erwin Road in Durham, takes most commercial insurances, including CHAMPUS, and Medicaid pending. Eligible patients will be in the first three months of their pregnancy.

More information

For more information about CenteringPregnancy at Duke Family Medicine Center, call (919) 684-6721, email DFMCentering@duke.edu or visit www.dukemedicine.org/familymedicinecenter.