Centering Pregnancy Program Gives Mothers Support - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Centering Pregnancy Program Gives Mothers Support

The Midwives of Delaware County, a group of caring, committed midwives dedicated to providing gynecologic and obstetrical care for women of all ages, offer a special “Centering Pregnancy” program in their Upper Darby office. 

"Centering Pregnancy programs alter routine prenatal care by bringing women out of exam rooms and into groups for their care. After each routine prenatal exam, women are invited to join with eight to 12 other women with similar due dates, whom they will meet with regularly throughout their pregnancies,” says Rebecca (Becca) Choitz, RN, CNM, director of Midwifery Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System. (See special note below about Becca's regional award.)

The practice received a $17,556 grant earlier this year from the March of Dimes to begin the program. Each “Centering Pregnancy” group forms between participants’ 12th and 16th weeks of pregnancy and continues through the early postpartum period, meeting every month for the first four months and then bi-weekly.

“Our first group went incredibly well,” says Sarah Robinson, RN, CNM, co-facilitator of the group. “It was a very diverse group, with women of all ages and lifestyles, but they did a great job of bonding together despite their different backgrounds. The women liked the fact that they had so much control over what was being discussed each week.”

For more information about the program or the Midwives of Delaware County, call (610) 284-3300.

A Centering Pregnancy group meeting

Special Note: Choitz Earns Regional Award

Becca Choitz,
right, with a
patient and her

Congratulations to Becca Choitz for recently receiving a 2008 Regional Award for Excellence from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM). Presented annually, the award is given to a member of each ACNM region who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to midwifery. Choitz was a co-recipient along with two other midwives in Region II, which includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Choitz was recognized for working tirelessly for over a decade to improve the practice environment for certified nurse midwives (CNMs) in Pennsylvania, most recently working for prescriptive authority. Over the past year, she negotiated final passage of a legislative bill granting authority to write prescriptions to CNMs in Pennsylvania. She also mentored students and midwives through the political process and provided insightful negotiating leadership.

A practicing midwife for 23 years, Choitz received her certification as a nurse midwife from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve. She has delivered more than 2,000 babies. A past chair of the Pennsylvania Chapter of ACNM, Choitz is a member of the clinical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. She also served on the Health Commissioner’s Commission on HIV and Pregnancy, developing the Health Department HIV screening and treatment guidelines for Pennsylvania.