MSMC Authors

Karen Baldwin

 Former Faculty, Division of Nursing


Comparison of selected outcomes of centering pregnancy versus traditional prenatal care
Karen Baldwin
Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, v51, n4, 2006, p266-272
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of traditional prenatal care versus a group model of care, CenteringPregnancy, on maternal knowledge of pregnancy, social support, health locus of control, and satisfaction. The CenteringPregnancy model of care gives patients extended time with the provider in a group setting. The study used a two-group, pretest/posttest design of pregnant women who elected either the traditional approach to prenatal care (n = 48) or the Centering approach (n = 50). The results of this study showed statistically significant differences between the groups on posttest in knowledge of pregnancy. For social support and health locus of control, the high scores at pretest contributed to a ceiling effect, which limited the potential for change. Additional research is needed to assess health status outcomes among women electing alternative approaches to prenatal care.

Voices along the journey: midwives' perceptions of implementing the CenteringPregnancy Model of prenatal care
Karen Baldwin, Gail Phillips
The Journal of Perinatal Education, v20, n4, Fall 2011, p210-217.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to describe the reported perceptions of six midwife participants at different stages of their engagement in a multiphase process of adopting a new model of prenatal care. Midwives were interviewed at five different stages during the process of implementing CenteringPregnancy, a model of group prenatal care. The research methodology used in this study was phenomenology. The conceptual framework for exploring the participants' perceptions was based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's patient-centered model and on the International Institute for Restorative Practices' empowerment model. The five themes that emerged from the midwives' experiences mirrored the stages of change health education model. Suggestions for the implementation and sustainability of the CenteringPregnancy model of care are provided based on the five themes that emerged from this study's findings.