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CenteringPregnancy and health disparities in Iowa
Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Elizabeth M Potter, University of Iowa
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Health disparities exist among Iowa’s childbearing women, with preterm birth affecting Hispanic and African-American women at disproportionate rates compared to white women. Black women are also more likely than whites or Hispanics to deliver a low-birthweight infant. CenteringPregnancy is a model of group prenatal care that may help reduce these disparities. Preliminary studies show increased birthweight, decreased incidence of preterm birth, and greater knowledge about pregnancy in Centering participants. This model should be considered for implementation and study in Iowa.

  • Centering pregnancy,
  • group prenatal care,
  • health disparities,
  • low birthweight,
  • preterm birth
Total Pages
4 pages
Copyright © Elizabeth M. Potter, 2010.
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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Citation Information
Potter, EM. CenteringPregnancy and Health Disparities in Iowa. Proc Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Oct;1(2): Article 3 [ 4 p.]. Available from: Free full text article.