The OB-GYN Center has been providing prenatal care to Greenville women since 1973. We offer women a wide variety of services to help her thrive during her pregnancy, including:
- CenteringPregnancy prenatal care
- WIC and Medicaid enrollment counselors on site
- Caseworkers available on site
- Nurse-Family Partnership program
- PASOs Hispanic Health Outreach program
- Community Health Worker outreach
- High-risk pregnancy management
When Amy Crockett became the Medical Director of the OB-GYN Center in 2007, she raised the possibility of doing CenteringPregnancy here. She had heard about the model while studying for her Master’s Degree in Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill and thought it might work here. The staff and providers, after much thought and initial doubt, determined that we could do it, and it was the right thing to do for our patients. With support from the SC March of Dimes, we began training in the model in 2008 and really began scaling up the model in 2009.
In 2010, we received our site certification from Centering Healthcare Institute, becoming the first practice to do so in the state of South Carolina. That summer, we also initiated our first retrospective research study on the birth outcomes of Centering patients, which evolved into the study that we presented at the Centering Healthcare Institute’s research conference in April 2011 and published in the American Journal of Ob-Gyn in May 2012.
By that time, we had had so much success with our program and its outcomes, that both the SC March of Dimes and the SC Department of Health and Human Services wanted to know if we could help other practices replicate the model. Since then, we have partnered with Centering Healthcare Institute to support 17 new CenteringPregnancy sites around the state, and growing.