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Women’s Health

Codman’s Women’s Health program has been helping women, moms, and babies in Dorchester for generations. Our goal is to make sure that moms, babies, and families are healthy and happy and connected to the services they need. We have multi-cultural and multi-lingual physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and other providers in our Maternal and Child Health department.

We know that there are many factors that contribute to a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, beyond what goes on in the medical office. We offer integrated nutrition and behavioral health care to help you have the healthiest pregnancy and child you can have.

We also have prenatal and well-child group visits where women can learn from providers as well as their peers, make friends, share struggles and challenges, and enjoy the support of a community. We offer Centering Pregnancy groups, which studies show provide healthier babies and moms, enable pregnant mothers to spend more time with medical providers, and offer support and friendship during an important time in a woman’s and baby’s life. If you’d like to get involved in a Centering Pregnancy Group at Codman, contact Dennis Nguyen at Dennis.Nguyen@Codman.org.

Maternal patients at Codman can deliver at Boston Medical Center or Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Once you deliver, your baby can be cared for by our pediatric or family medicine providers.

We also have case managers who can help you find resources while you make the transition, whether it’s your first baby or not. Request an appointment or call our Patient Service Center at 617-825-9660 to learn more about the programs we offer.

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Codman Relaunches Centering Pregnancy Groups

Codman is excited to announce that it is restarting CenteringPregnancy®️ groups. CenteringPregnancy is a nationally recognized model of group prenatal care that brings together 8-12 people with similar due dates, their partners, support people, and healthcare team. Patients meet for 10 prenatal visits following the normal prenatal care schedule, but each visit is 90 minutes to 2 hours long—giving patients 10 times as much time with their provider team. That’s 10 times as much time to learn, share, and connect with your community.

Centering Prenatal

The Centering model combines health assessment, interactive learning, and community building to help support positive health behaviors and drive better health outcomes. It brings patients out of the exam room and into a group setting which also helps build their community of support.

Research shows participating in the groups can improve a wide range of birth outcomes including lowering the risk of preterm births, reducing low birth weights, and increasing breastfeeding rates. With Centering, patients get all the routine prenatal care that they’d get in an individual visit PLUS time to receive education and talk with others sharing the same experience.

We are currently recruiting English-speaking pregnant patients who will deliver at BMC, and we hope to start groups in other languages soon. If you’d like to participate in Centering, please reach out to Dennis Nguyen at Dennis.Nguyen@codman.org.