Prenatal care is a group effort now at the Magnolia Project. Pregnant women can now receive care in a group setting, with the launch of new SHARE (Support Health Assessment Relationships Education) classes that combine medical care, support and education.
The group care model utilizes materials and literature from CenteringPregnancy through a membership agreement.
The Magnolia Project is a federal Healthy Start program that improves the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs. The Project, which is an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, offers clinical and case management services in a storefront location in the Jacksonville urban core.
The groups are facilitated by Donna Price, ARNP, and Odille Thomas, RN, BSN, a case manager with the Project. They began early in 2016.
Women are grouped by gestational age and attend based on how far along they are in — from 12 to 28 weeks classes are monthly, 28 to 36 weeks the classes are every two weeks and 36 to 40 weeks classes are weekly. Approximately 13-15 women are scheduled for each group. The groups cover topics like nutrition, body changes, oral care, stress management, fetal development, the birth experience and more.