A pilot study of prenatal care visits blended group and individual for women with low income

Nurs Womens Health. 2014 Dec;18(6):462-74. doi: 10.1111/1751-486X.12159.


Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Childbirth, Healthy Parenting (HPCP) is a blended prenatal care model that integrates group visits with individual prenatal visits. While group prenatal care has been found to have a positive impact on pregnancy outcomes, current models may not be feasible or desirable in all clinical settings. HPCP offers one educational group visit each trimester to improve knowledge of self-care during pregnancy and of childbirth and infant care. The program was piloted among women with low income in a southern metropolitan area. This article presents the findings of a pilot study that examined maternal knowledge acquisition and subsequent changes in self-efficacy and satisfaction with care. Suggestions for future use of a blended model for the delivery of prenatal care are shared.

Keywords: group prenatal care; low income; pilot study; pregnancy; self-efficacy.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Poverty*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care / economics
  • Prenatal Care / methods*
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Self Care / methods*