GROUP PRENATAL CARE

Plum Midwifery is proud to offer group prenatal care. Group care is a safe and nurturing place to share your pregnancy or postpartum questions and concerns. Attending group is optional but highly recommended, especially for first-time parents and those new to our community. We encourage experienced parents to attend as well as they have so much wisdom to share! Group provides an opportunity to be an active participant in your own care and to receive current and evidenced-based information to help you make decisions about your pregnancy, birth and how you plan to care for your baby.

 

The overall goal is to help clients feel a greater sense of empowerment and confidence in themselves and their ability to care for their new baby and their family. Group at Plum is based on a very successful model called Centering Pregnancy. You can also learn more about the benefits of Group Prenatal Care in this study: Getting more than they realized they needed: a qualitative study of women’s experience of group prenatal care.

GROUP PRENATAL CARE

Every session includes:

  • Blood pressure, belly/baby check and private time with a midwife

  • Time to socialize with other members of the group

  • A healthy snack and a cup of tea

  • A facilitated discussion about topics relevant to the stage of pregnancy

In addition to your individualized appointments, there are six group sessions planned throughout your pregnancy. The group sessions provide both your prenatal care as well as educational content and connections to community resources. There is a guest speaker(s) at each session. Session topics include:

  • Healthy Pregnancy: Nutrition, Exercise and Lifestyle

  • Common Discomforts in Pregnancy

  • Managing Stress and it's Relationship to Pregnancy and Postpartum

  • Physiology of Labour and Birth

  • Pain Relief and Complications of Labour

  • Thinking About Baby - Breastfeeding and Newborn Care

Prenatal Group care is held at our Comox location on Thursday afternoons.

 

“The prenatal groups were a lifesaver for me! I miss the ladies in my group already! Can’t wait to see them in our postnatal visits with their sweet bundles!”

 

Shelley, 2017