Newly Pregnant

As expecting parents, you can expect a rich web of prenatal support from your team at Cheshire Medical Center. Our certified nurse midwives (CNMs) have a progressive approach to pregnancy care that emphasizes your well-being as well as the health of you and your baby. You can choose one-on-one appointments with your midwife, but most prefer CenteringPregnancy, our group-based prenatal care.

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CenteringPregnancy®

This innovative way of delivering care in a group setting empowers you to take control—of your pregnancy, body, family, and situation. It is an evidence-based program that produces healthier outcomes for parents and babies. Those who choose this option love it.

Join a group of parents with similar due dates in regularly-scheduled, two-hour sessions led by CNMs and physicians. You can have private time with the provider, but checkups, support, and education all take place in a group setting. This means you get to ask questions, talk about concerns, and find solutions with the other parents in your group.

Parents have more time to talk with a provider during CenteringPregnancy than in individual appointments. Many people build friendships with other parents in their group, too. You’ll be together at the same time every month at first, then, as the birth of your baby approaches, you’ll meet every two weeks. 

Pregnancy Wellness Program (PWP)

Caring for your emotional health during and after your pregnancy benefits your baby’s development as well as your well-being. Your PWP provider can help you and your family cope with stress or problems that can arise during your pregnancy. They will talk through your concerns about birth and support your postpartum transition. This program is a partnership with AUNE’s Department of Clinical Psychology and you can choose to take part for free. Ask your doctor about this support at your next appointment.  

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Specialized care close to home

If you need specialized medical care, your CNM will work closely with our obstetrician and gynecologists (OB/GYNs). If you experience gestational diabetes, we even offer appointments with a perinatal diabetes educator at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) right here in Keene via secure telemedicine video conferencing. If you need to visit specialists at DHMC, your electronic medical records transfer seamlessly. That way, you and all the experts caring for you have up-to-date information through myD-H and the MyChart app.

Pregnancy and birth education

Our team is committed to helping you make informed choices and helping you and your baby get a safe and healthy start. Even if this is not your first pregnancy, taking part in classes can help you feel ready to take the best care of your new child. 

For more information, visit our Childbirth Education page, view the class schedule in our calendar.

What comes next?

Preparing for Delivery - This may include doula assistance, natural birth options, baby-friendly designated practices, and specialized care backed by real-time telemedicine with the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).