CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO MOREL INSTEAD OF MORELL - In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo provided by Mountain Area Health Education Center, from left, Hayley Heninger, Morgan Shirley and Kailee Morel Alvarez share their pregnancy experiences during a two-hour group prenatal session at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C. Patients do their own blood pressure and weight checks and get a support group-style experience at the monthly sessions. Some studies have found fewer preterm births and more breastfeeding among women who participate compared with conventional individual visits. (Brenda Benik via AP)

Moms-to-be teach each other in monthly group prenatal visits

April 25, 2019 - 7:16 am

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — There's a trend in prenatal care that involves inviting lots of moms-to-be to take part, with their partners, too.

The monthly visits typically last two hours and they give pregnant women a chance to take charge of their care and learn from each other.

Group visits combine typical prenatal exams with a support group format. And camaraderie isn't the only benefit. Some studies show the visits may lead to fewer preterm births and more breastfeeding.

About 3% of U.S. mothers-to-be take part but group visits are catching on at many hospitals. Insurance usually covers them.

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