Great news for moms across Washtenaw County – St. Joseph Mercy Academic OB/GYN Center, an IHA managed practice, was the recipient of a $15,600 March of Dimes Grant to enable them to continue offering their CenteringPregnancy Model, prenatal care and education in a group setting. "CenteringPregnancy is an exciting opportunity for us to provide group prenatal care for our patients. Centering allows expecting mothers to have increased face-to-face time with the obstetrician, more hours of prenatal education, and the ability to form a support system with other moms," according to Bryan Popp, MD and Site Medical Director of the St. Joseph Mercy Academic OB/GYN Center. "National studies have shown a decrease in preterm birth rates, increased breastfeeding rates and increased rates of postpartum follow-up. Both our patients and doctors believe our first year of Centering has been a great success. We look forward to starting our second year of CenteringPregnancy."