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Memorial Medical Center offers support group for moms-to-be

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has launched a new program for women expecting a baby and who seek new ways to share the experience – and their obstetrician.

“The expecting mothers who participate in CenteringPregnancy here are extremely positive about the difference it makes in their prenatal experience,” Memorial-based physician assistant Laura DeBacco Malysza said in a news release. “As the word spreads, we are finding more and more women want to join a Centering group for care.”

CenteringPregnancy follows the long-standing recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits for pregnant women. In these cases, however, up to eight pregnant women with similar due dates join eight in a group with their health care provider.

Discussion topics include nutrition, stress management, common discomforts, labor and delivery, breast-feeding and newborn care.

Program leaders also will share materials with related information.

Studies have shown women in such an interactive learning environment have significantly more prenatal visits, increased breast-feeding rates, low rates of preterm birth and low birth weight infants, and higher overall satisfaction.

Moms arriving at the center are actively involved in their care, recording their own health data, seeing their provider and participating in facilitated group discussions and interactive activities. Members of the group share, ask questions and discuss any issues that are important to them.

Dr. Maghan Aalto said the beauty of CenteringPregnancy is the makeup of the Centering group.

“These are women of different horizons, ages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds sharing common experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. In a very real sense they form community and support each other in wonderful ways.”

Learn more about CenteringPregnancy by calling the OB/GYN Center at Falls Memorial at 278-4747 or visit


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