Virtual Group Prenatal Care with Rainier Valley Midwives
What is Group Prenatal Care?
Group prenatal care offers health education and social support for pregnant families in a group environment. Sessions are facilitated by a trained health educator and a midwife who work as a team.
During group prenatal sessions, participants can discuss common discomforts, stress management, nourishing the body, mind, and family, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, infant care, and any other topics related to pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation. The session content is flexible and can be tailored to the needs of the group.
Prenatal groups create community by bringing together pregnant families and providing space for them to learn from each other through sharing their personal experiences and knowledge.
The group setting helps clients actively engage in their own healthcare and own their health information. Our group participants are prepared for labor, delivery, and to care for their infant. They have a good understanding of what is normal during pregnancy and what is cause for concern. Participants also get to learn from others who have more experience and mentor those who have less experience with pregnancy and parenting. It’s a true community and group members often stay in touch long after their pregnancy care comes to an end.
Why Participate in Group Prenatal Care?
Research shows that we prefer to have an outlet for sharing the day-to-day experiences and stress of our lives, and this shared understanding is one of the biggest benefits of this model of group prenatal care. There’s something comforting, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, about hearing your story reflected in the stories of others around you. We don’t solve every problem during Group Prenatal Care sessions, but tremendous healing occurs.
Plus, groups are informal, relaxed, and fun to attend! During Covid-19, our groups are held virtually through Zoom, so you can join from the comfort of your own home, while on your couch, or even in your pajamas!
Visit Open Arms Perinatal Services to learn more about the programs that they offer to support pregnant and parenting families.