Physicians, health care employees, patients, expectant mothers and fathers, and the Great Lakes Bay Region community are invited to attend an open house celebrating the launch of CMU Health’s new CenteringParenting® program as well as to showcase the continued success of our CenteringPregnancy® program.

The open house will be held on Thursday, November 21st from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at CMU Health (1000 Houghton Ave., Saginaw, MI 48602).

Tours and discussions will be led throughout the event, and no RSVP or ticket is required. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be available.

What is Centering?

CenteringParenting® brings 6-8 moms, partners, support people and their same-age infants together for family-centered care for the child’s first two years of life. Each CenteringParenting visit includes individual, well-child health assessments, developmental screenings and immunizations along with group discussions and interactive activities. Centering gives patients 10 times more time with their providers and allows the opportunity to share with and learn from other parents who are having the same or similar experiences.

Patients who participate in CenteringPregnancy® at CMU Health can receive further support through this new program. CenteringPregnancy is a nationally-recognized model of group prenatal care shown to lower risk of preterm births, reduce low birth weights and increase breastfeeding rates. CMU Health aims to reduce infant mortality rates in the region by educating CenteringParenting families about safe sleep, nutrition, development and safety. With these two programs in place, mothers, fathers and support people can continue learning and building relationships that may last a lifetime.

CMU Health’s inaugural Parenting group will meet on November 22nd – the day following the event.

Additional Event Information

There will be opportunities to ask questions, get information about enrolling in these programs, and tour our modernized Centering space. The following program leaders for both Centering models will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have:

  • Adeeba Khan, MDCenteringParenting Physician Champion
  • Vickie Mello, MDCenteringPregnancy Physician Champion
  • Laurie ParkerCMU Health Centering Coordinator
  • Evan Paulus CMU Health Operations Director

Given the growing health risks to moms and babies in our state and community, it is our responsibility to familiarize ourselves with educational and health-related family programs, among other resources unique to the Saginaw-area, that are available to people in the communities we serve.

We hope to see you there.

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