Improved adequacy of prenatal care and healthcare utilization among low-income latinas receiving group prenatal care

S. Darius Tandon, Fallon Cluxton-Keller, Lucinda Colon, Patricia Vega, Alina Alonso

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Background: This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of the CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care model in improving maternal and child health outcomes, satisfaction with prenatal care, and engagement in prenatal care. Methods: Pregnant Hispanic women ≤20 weeks gestation initiating prenatal care at two Palm Beach County, Florida, public health clinics selected CenteringPregnancy or traditional prenatal care. Data on postpartum visit compliance, establishment of a medical home, child emergency room visits, satisfaction with prenatal care, and engagement in prenatal care were obtained through surveys conducted 3 months post-delivery (n=176; 129 CenteringPregnancy, 47 traditional). Data on prenatal care visits were obtained through abstraction of Palm Beach County Health Department medical records (n=214; 144 CenteringPregnancy, 70 traditional). Results: Statistically significant differences were found in satisfaction with prenatal care (84.3 Centering vs. 64.9 traditional, p<.001) and engagement in (39.7 vs. 28.1, p<.001). Centering participants had higher expected prenatal care ratios than traditional care participants (101.9 vs. 83.1, p<.001) and higher percentages receiving adequate prenatal care (90% vs. 63%, p<.001). Centering recipients were more likely to establish a medical home for their child (77% vs. 53%, p<.01) and have a postpartum checkup within six weeks of delivery (99% vs. 94%, p=.04). Conclusions: CenteringPregnancy improves engagement in prenatal care and healthcare utilization outcomes for low-income Latinas. Given disparities that exist between perinatal Latinas and women from other racial/ethnic groups, CenteringPregnancy should be considered as an alternative to traditional 1-on-1 prenatal care for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1056-1061
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


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  • Medicine(all)

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