CenteringPregnancy, UW Obstetrics and Gynecology

The UW Health CenteringPregnancy program is now officially certified by the international Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI), following a recent visit by a CHI accreditor. The group prenatal care program is now one of a small handful of accredited CenteringPregnancy sites in Wisconsin—and the only approved site outside of the greater Milwaukee area. UW Health will now be listed as an officially approved site on Centering Healthcare's website.

The UW Health program received full approval upon its initial application, which is unusual, according to Tanya Munroe, Regional Director of Practice Services for CHI. Munroe stated that the program already has several important elements in place to ensure sustainability: an engaged, representative steering committee that includes a patient; a robust plan to increase group size (a primary goal for the year ahead); a plan to establish in-house training for residents; and opportunities for advanced professional development for Centering site staff.

CenteringPregnancy is an innovative, evidence-based model of prenatal care that brings women at similar stages of pregnancy together to learn about topics like nutrition, preparing for labor and delivery, breastfeeding, newborn care and parenting. Group members meet individually with healthcare providers at the beginning of each meeting for routine check-ups, which include blood pressure, weight, belly measurements and heartbeat checks. This group model offers women more time with their healthcare provider than typical prenatal visits along with confidence-building support and friendship of other pregnant women.

CHI officials are not the only stakeholders who are happy with CenteringPregnancy at UW Health. A recent survey found that 100% of UW Health Centering patients were satisfied with the care they had received.

The Wisconsin State Journal featured the UW Health CenteringPregnancy program on January 1, 2016. Health reporter David Wahlberg sat in with a Centering group at the 1102 S. Park St. clinic in order to experience the communal learning model. The article provides a snapshot of the activities and discussions—regarding contraception, recovery from childbirth, and abusive relationships, among other topics— that take place in a typical Centering session.

Madison's weekly newspaper the Isthmus covered the UW Health CenteringPregnancy program in its December 10th, 2015 issue. Author Tamira Madsen interviewed two Centering patients, founding Medical Director Cynthia Anderson, MD, and current Medical Director Kristin Sharp, MD, both of the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob-Gyn).

The UW Health program, which officially commenced at the Arboretum Ob-Gyn Clinic, Arboretum Family Medicine Clinic, ACHC Wingra Family Medicine Clinic (1102 S. Park St.) and 20 S. Park Ob-Gyn Clinic in May, 2014 with support from the Wisconsin March of Dimes, was spearheaded by Anderson, MD, who has since passed that torch to Sharp. Outreach Program Manager Lezli Redmond, Ob-Gyn Director of Clinical Operations Kara Mulligan, UWMF Director of Clinical Operations Shabvon Johnson, and others have been instrumental in organizing, supporting, and promoting the program both internally and externally, and also played a vital role in our site accreditation.


Kristen Sharp MD - UW Obstetrics and Gynecology, Madison WI

Kristin Sharp, MD
CenteringPregnancy Medical Director

Clinical Assistant Professor

Arboretum Ob-Gyn Clinic 1102 S. Park St. Madison, WI 53715 (608) 287-5898