MILITARY MATTERS: Fort Carson program brings moms-to-be together

Fort Carson program helps moms-to-be

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Military moms-to-be stationed at Fort Carson are using a relatively new approach to pregnancy.

From the first visit to birth, expectant mothers at Evans Army Community Hospital can choose the "Centering Pregnancy" program.

Instead of the traditional doctor visits, moms meet every four weeks with a certified nurse midwife and other mothers who have the same approximate due dates.

The program allows expecting moms to get their vitals checked, their bellies measured and to get an ultrasound.

It is not only a place to get educated on being a mother but those who attend also call it a family away from family.

"It takes away a lot of the stress. Like they're going through the same things, they have a lot of the same problems, same concerns. You know, down to as little as, am I drinking enough water to was that a normal feeling," explained Jessica Clementino.

"With military moms, a lot of them, their spouses are deployed, so they have an instant support," said Shirley Johnson.

While the Centering Pregnancy program is open to all expectant mothers on post, most are first-time moms. Some studies suggest the group theory reduces the risk of pre-term delivery.

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