Voices Along the Journey: Midwives' Perceptions of Implementing the CenteringPregnancy Model of Prenatal Care

J Perinat Educ. 2011 Fall;20(4):210-7. doi: 10.1891/1058-1243.20.4.210.


The purpose of this study was to describe the reported perceptions of six midwife participants at different stages of their engagement in a multiphase process of adopting a new model of prenatal care. Midwives were interviewed at five different stages during the process of implementing CenteringPregnancy, a model of group prenatal care. The research methodology used in this study was phenomenology. The conceptual framework for exploring the participants' perceptions was based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's patient-centered model and on the International Institute for Restorative Practices' empowerment model. The five themes that emerged from the midwives' experiences mirrored the stages of change health education model. Suggestions for the implementation and sustainability of the CenteringPregnancy model of care are provided based on the five themes that emerged from this study's findings.

Keywords: CenteringPregnancy; pregnancy; prenatal care; qualitative research.