By Jessica VanEgeren • The Cap Times • Photography by Mike DeVries
The obesity crisis in Wisconsin is "off the charts," according to Dr. Cynthie Anderson, and it is negatively impacting the health of women and their babies during pregnancy.
Looking for ways to help women maintain a healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy led Anderson, the medical director of UW Health’s new Arboretum Obstetrics & Gynecology clinic on South Park Street, down a path that has brought the centering pregnancy approach to Dane County.
Rather than the traditional approach where a woman and her physician meet one-on-one, centering adds a substantial amount of shared group time to prenatal care for between eight to 12 pregnant women.
"This is really the model for prenatal care that is going to improve outcomes nationwide," said Anderson, also an assistant professor at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
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