Centering Pregnancy


Centering Pregnancy combines health assessment, interactive learning and community building to help support positive behaviors and improve health outcomes for mothers and their babies and reduce racial health disparities. Centering Pregnancy is a nationally recognized model of group prenatal care shown to improve a wide range of birth outcomes including lowering risk or preterm births, reducing low birth weights and increasing breastfeeding rates.

The program started accepting patients July 2019

Focus Areas

  • Improve health outcomes for Newark residents
  • Increase the health of women prior to pregnancy and prenatal health
  • Increase the percentage of healthy births and decrease infant mortality rates
  • In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health’s ‘Healthy Women, Healthy Families’ initiative to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk populations, address health disparities and reduce Black infant mortality
  • Assist with patient’s social determinants of health needs


  • Essex County and municipalities of East Orange, Irvington and Newark.
  • Participants are women of child-bearing age (15-44 years old) at preconception, interconception and postpartum.



The mission of Centering Parenting is to provide family-centered pediatric and well-woman care to better meet the health and social needs of our socioeconomically disadvantaged patients.

Focus Areas

  • Provide care that intentionally responds to the issues of infant health disparities, postpartum health, and the importance of social support networks
  • Empower families with the skills and knowledge to be active participants in their children’s healthy development
  • Foster community and partnerships between families, clinicians and the community
  • Build participants confidence in parenting
  • Attendees engage in a group discussion on topics such as stress management, nutrition, family planning, safe sleep and more.


  • Centering Parenting is available to all mothers with newborns or children in the community.
  • Essex County and municipalities of East Orange, Irvington and Newark.

Meet the Team

Edna Dickson-Amoako, MPA, CHES
Population Health Navigator/Centering Coordinator

Contact Us:

Phone: (973) 972-0771
E-mail: populationhealth@uhnj.org

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