This is your comprehensive guide to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum resources local to Delaware, focusing on lower Kent and Sussex County. I’ve include links for convenience, click the name of the business to go directly to their website. Some links included are affiliate links, I only recommend resources I truly stand behind.
Well Woman, Home Birth Midwifery Care
Hospitals & Birth Centers
Children’s & Maternity Boutiques
Breastfeeding Support & Lactation Consultants
Kid Friendly Outings
Natural and Holistic Services
Assistance & Other Resources
Sacred Motherhood by Anni Daulter and Niki Dewart
"Karen has been attending births for almost 40 years, and opened up her own home birth practice, WomanWise Midwifery, in 1986. Karen became a CPM in 1995, and was among the very first out-of-hospital midwives in Delaware to become licensed. Woman-centered care is the cornerstone of Karen’s practice."
"Senior Certified Professional Midwife Shannon Burdeshaw is the owner of Birth at Home Delmarva, a full service, independently operated, free-standing home birth service serving New Castle County and Northern Kent County, Delaware, Southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Shore."
"A practicing midwife for 25 years (and one of the very first to be licensed in Delaware), Susan is a CPM serving Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia families from her home in Kent County, and caught her 1,000th baby in early Summer of 2017!"
"Pat has been practicing as a Midwife for almost 40 years in a variety of birth settings, and for the past three decades she has been serving the Amish and Mennonite communities throughout Delaware – a tradition her practice continues to this day. Pat recently expanded her practice to serving all Christian denominations, and considers her practice to be an especially faith-based one. Nationally Certified and licensed, Pat’s decades of experience as a midwife and a teacher are the cornerstones of her Dover practice."
"Whether your first child or your third, Beebe Women's and Children's Health is here to help guide you on your journey to motherhood. As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, Beebe strives to put the mother and baby first every step of the way. From our prenatal education classes to skin-to-skin contact immediately following birth, Beebe aims to provide the highest quality care." Here's our article on Giving Birth at Beebe Healthcare!
"With decades of experience caring for both moms and babies at Bayhealth, our specialists offer expert and compassionate care throughout your journey. We work together with patients and family members through all phases with education and instruction so you are confident in understanding the process.
"As an expecting parent, the staff from the Mother & Baby Care Center at Nanticoke welcomes you to our family. We provide safe, compassionate, family-focused, and culturally sensitive care to each of the families we serve. You can rely on us to be one of your most trusted health care partners throughout your pregnancy, during your labor and delivery process, and for years to come."
“Since 1995, Reproductive Associates of Delaware has been providing state-of-the-art fertility care to the Mid-Atlantic area. Our four board certified fertility doctors will spend significant time with you as we create a personalized treatment plan and give you an answer to your fertility challenges.”
“The Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine (DIRM), is a leading Infertility & IVF Center specializing in State-of-the-ART treatment for all aspects of male and female infertility, as well as all other reproductive health issues.”
Chain retailer for a large selection of maternity clothing, plus nursing accessories & baby gifts.
A chain retailer for mothers to be, offering a wide range of clothing including plus sizes.
Clean, organized, and reasonably priced secondhand store.
Sling With Me is a natural parenting boutique in Milford Delaware.
“This website is dedicated to supporting women's mental health during pregnancy, the postpartum period, or after a perinatal loss. … practice (in Dover, DE) is focused on perinatal mental health and I would be happy to listen and answer any of your questions. “
Postpartum Depression Informative Article by Lyndsay*
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Self Evaluation Only
Other Postpartum Depression support includes medication, professional counseling, and other methods of therapy like Cognitive Behavior Therapy or EMDR Therapy. Contact your doctor for medication options and specific referrals to local specialists.
For emergency situations and severe symptoms, please don’t wait to contact a professional to get support you need.
“The MOMS Club® is a nonprofit organization which supports at-home mothers and their children. The Club offers enriching activities for mothers and their children and opportunities for members to stay active within the community and to gather parenting information and ideas.”
“Our club provides support, information and friendship to mothers in the Bethany Beach and surrounding areas. Throughout the month, moms and children meet for park days, field trips, playgroups, service projects and special interest groups, such as a book discussion club or craft circle. We also have once a month weekend events for the whole family as well as once a month mom's night out.”
“Hike it Baby is a non-profit organization dedicated to building communities that support getting outside with children from birth to school age. Our purpose is to provide support to families as they get into nature whenever they feel ready. We are raising a generation to love the outdoors.”
A safe place for like-minded moms to discuss their crunchy ways and create a local community.
A place where Delaware birth workers, moms, and moms to be can share information and support in the first state.
“ICAN of Delaware, is a chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).”
Online support group for moms who babywear in the area to socialize and share resources.
“Our focus is on childhood injury prevention for children ages birth - 14. Safe Kids Delaware provides a variety of child safety educational events, programming and activities for children and their parents as well as professionals. We educate families and communities on the following topics: fire safety (burns, smoke detectors), traffic safety (car seats, pedestrian, bicycle, seat belt), water safety, playground safety, medication/poison prevention, consumer product safety, gun safety and sports safety.”
“The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children, popularly known as WIC, is a federal nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy.”
“YWCA Delaware leads social change, empowers women, girls and their families and advances our mission by offering programs in the five key areas of Economic Empowerment, Housing, Racial Justice, Sexual Assault Crisis and Youth Development.”
“We run the Diapers for Delmarva, a program offering cloth diapers, cloth pads and disposables (when available), as well as offer Diaper Laundry Services and Repair Services.”
“The mission of Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network is to promote the nourishment of babies and children around the world with human milk. We are dedicated to fostering community between local families who have chosen to share breastmilk.”