This is your comprehensive guide to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum resources local to Delmarva. Links are included for your convenience, simply click the name of the business to go directly to their website.
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher
Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter
Sacred Motherhood by Anni Daulter and Niki Dewart
Yoga Birth Method by Dorothy Guerra
"The only Collective of Birth Professionals of its kind in Delaware, The LightHouse serves as the ultimate connection between expectant families and Maternity Care professionals throughout the childbearing year. For mothers-to-be seeking a home birth, you'll be able to connect with each and every licensed Certified Professional Midwife who serves Delaware families - wise women with more than a combined 200 years of experience."
"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."
"Marilee has two decades of experience as a midwife and educator, and provides all of her care in the family’s home for her clients throughout DelMarVa! Marilee is also the first CPM in history to be licensed in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia."
"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."
BayHealth Kent General & BirthINN - Dover DE, Milford DE
"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."
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.
Kathleen Whittam, LCCE, CD(DONA) – Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist