Centering Pregnancy

At First Year Cleveland (FYC), we want to see every baby born in Cuyahoga County celebrate a first birthday.

The CenteringPregnancy Model is making this vision a reality.

Centering is group prenatal care that brings pregnant women who are due at the same time together into a comfortable group setting.

The three main components to Centering are:

  • Health assessments, during which patients receive one-on-one time with their provider to learn more about their health and to engage self-care and the care of their child
  • Interactive learning, which helps patients become more informed and more empowered to make healthier choices for themselves and their babies
  • Community building during group discussions, during which patients can ask questions and form meaningful relationships with participants

The Centering Model is changing prenatal health care – and is helping mothers and babies across the country.

Studies show that Centering mothers are more likely to deliver healthier, full-term babies. Centering has decreased the rate of preterm births, increased pregnancy spacing (learn more about birth spacing guidelines here [insert link to birth spacing page here]) and nearly eliminates racial disparities in preterm birth.

Some other benefits to Centering include:

  • More time with health care providers
  • Lower cost to families
  • More well-rounded and informed education on self-care
  • Fewer after-hour calls to providers and emergency visits, as Centering mothers are more prepared for labor and delivery and better understand what is normal in pregnancy
  • Strong and meaningful friendships

At FYC, we have seen the effectiveness of the Centering Model on patients in Cuyahoga County – and that is why Action Team 7, led by Celina Cunanan and Alison Tomazic of the Cuyahoga County CenteringPregnancy Coalition, is committed to increasing the number of expectant moms enrolled in Centering.

Overall, Centering is a fun, engaging model of care for mothers, providers and babies.

Print this flyer for updates and a list of all current locations.


Care Alliance Health Center

2916 Central Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115


Gena Austin ext. 522

Cleveland Clinic Foundation— Lakewood Medical Building

1450 Belle Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107


Cleveland Clinic Foundation— Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center

13944 Euclid Avenue

East Cleveland, OH 44112 216-767-4242

Cleveland Clinic Foundation— Westlake Medical Campus Bldg A

850 Columbia Road

Westlake, OH 44145


MetroHealth Broadway Health Center

6835 Broadway Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44015

Nina Smolinski 216-210-4908

MetroHealth Main Campus 2500 MetroHealth Drive

Cleveland, OH 44019

Nina Smolinski 216-210-4908

Neighborhood Family Practice— Ridge Community Health Center

3569 Ridge Road

Cleveland, OH 44102


Elyse Shaffer ext. 129

Neighborhood Family Practice— Puritas Community Health Center

14625 Puritas Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44135


Alison Tomazic ext 283

NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON)

8300 Hough Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44103


Freda Saleem ext. 1014

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44106

Tenisha Gaines 216-844-7403

UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children

5805 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44103


Cleveland Clinic Foundation – South Pointe Hospital

20000 Harvard Rd.

Warrensville Heights, OH 44122


Resources: CenteringPregnancy