Rochester Regional Health Earns Centering Pregnancy Certification

August 02, 2016
Rochester Regional Health is pleased to announce four of its outpatient women’s centers have earned certification in Centering Pregnancy. Centering Pregnancy is an evidence-based model of prenatal care proven to reduce preterm deliveries and improve birth outcomes for mothers and their babies.

The certification, awarded by Centering Healthcare Institute based in Boston, Massachusetts, is determined after a site evaluation. Of the 27 approved Centering Pregnancy sites in New York State, six are in Rochester; Rochester Regional women’s practices at Clinton Avenue, Alexander Park, Portland Avenue and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital (in Wayne County) participate in the Centering Pregnancy program.

In this innovative care model, groups of eight to 12 women in similar gestational stages meet together with their healthcare provider to learn care skills, participate in a facilitated discussion and develop a support network with fellow members. Each group meets for 10 sessions throughout pregnancy and early postpartum. Physicians work with patients to complete physical health assessments, including having the women weigh themselves and take their own blood pressure readings, providing a dynamic atmosphere for learning and sharing.

“This journey to certification has taken us two years and we’re so proud to have helped our patients and their babies achieve such positive outcomes by being part of this program,” said Tara Gellasch, chief of OB/GYN at Newark Wayne Community Hospital. “I am thrilled that this important initiative has been recognized for doing amazing work on behalf of our patients and their families.”

Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes and beyond. The system provides care from 150 locations, including five hospitals; more than 100 primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers and ambulatory campuses; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and ACM Medical Laboratory, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health, the region’s second-largest employer, was named one of “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes in 2015. Learn more at