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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

A Survey on Perceptions of Pregnant Adolescents to Prenatal Care in a Group Setting

The overall interest in completing a thesis was related to the desire to explore the components of quality prenatal care. Work was done with Dr. Joanne Stevens, PhD, FNP-BC to explore the concept of group prenatal care (Centering Pregnancy®) and its satisfaction rates among participants. The Rochester Adolescent Maternity Program (RAMP) was used to collect data on this topic. Dr. Stevens is a nurse practitioner there. Group prenatal sessions were attended. In addition to this there is data available in the form of satisfaction surveys of patients’ perceptions that we have assessed as a quantitative study. This is the initial focus, with the addition of a qualitative piece to further assess group care with pregnant adolescents. A literature review of more current research on the topic (from the past 5 years)was developed and reviewed the literature concerning centering prenatal care including the differences between group care and traditional care as well as the associated benefits. Also addressed is describing prenatal adolescent care and education from a developmental perspective. This presentation will include an overview of traditional and group prenatal care, the benefits of group prenatal care as described by our study population, including the methods, results, implications, and limitations. Lastly, the presentation will end by discussing practical applications of group prenatal care for the future.

Presenter: Tara Ellison (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Nursing
Location: 27 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)