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Heberlein EC, Picklesimer AH, Billings DL
The comparative effects of group prenatal care on psychosocial outcomes.
This study compared the psychosocial outcomes of the CenteringPregnancy (CP) model of group prenatal care to individual prenatal care. It used a prospective cohort study of women who chose CP group or individual prenatal care. Among women with high pregnancy-specific distress in early pregnancy, group participants had an 8.3 percent greater increase in prenatal planning-preparation coping strategies in late pregnancy and a 4.9 percent greater decrease in postpartum depressive symptom scores.
Citation: Heberlein EC, Picklesimer AH, Billings DL . The comparative effects of group prenatal care on psychosocial outcomes. Arch Womens Ment Health 2016 Apr;19(2):259-69. doi: 10.1007/s00737-015-0564-6.
Keywords: Pregnancy, Stress, Depression, Outcomes