Delmarva Birth Resources

This is your comprehensive guide to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum resources local to Delmarva. For resources in the Tidewater area of Virginia, click here! Links are included for your convenience, simply click the name of the business to go directly to their website.

  • Home Birth Midwifery Care
  • Hospitals & Birth Centers
  • Birth Photography
  • Postpartum Support
  • Breastfeeding Support & Lactation Consultants
 
 
 
Lighthouse Eastern Shore Delmarva Doula
 

Recommended Reading

The Art of Birth Coloring Books

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher

Hypnobabies Self Study Guide

Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter

Sacred Motherhood by Anni Daulter and Niki Dewart

Yoga Birth Method by Dorothy Guerra

 

Home Birth Midwifery Care

The LightHouse Birth Collective

"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 Webster, CPM-DE, MD

WomanWise Midwifery

(443-553-3370)

"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 Pinkleton, CPM-DE, VA, & MD

Heartsong Midwifery

(571-606-3890)

"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."


Shannon Burdeshaw, BEd., CPM-DE

Birth at Home Delmarva

(256-975-3932)

"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."


Susan DiNatale, CPM- DE, MD, VA

Kindred Hearts Midwifery

(302-359-8850)

"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!"


Patricia Gallagher, CPM-DE

(302-270-2413)

"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."

 

Hospitals & Birth Centers

Beebe Healthcare - Lewes DE

(302) 645-3300

"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!


BayHealth Kent General & BirthINN - Dover DE, Milford DE

(302) 674-4700

"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.


Nanticoke Mother & Baby Care Center- Seaford DE

(302) 629-6611

"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."

 

Birth Photography

 

Nikki is available to photograph births in the Kent and Sussex counties of Delaware (Dover, Georgetown, Milford), or at any location within 1.5 hours of her home on Kent Island, MD. 

 

Visit Katy's website to view her photography portfolio, and to reach out to her about how she can serve you during your birth or childbearing year. Katy is a resident of Wilmington, but she happily travels all over the state (and beyond!) to capture your once-in-a-lifetime moments.

 

Postpartum Support

 

Placenta EncapsulationPostpartum Doula Support with Sublime Motherhood*

Postpartum Depression Informative Article by Lyndsay*

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Self Evaluation Only

Postpartum Depression Nutrition Plan

Postpartum Support VA

PSI Delaware Resources Page

How to Heal From a Bad Birth- book

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.

 

Geraldine Fitzgerald, RN, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC

HoneySuckle Lactation

(240) 605‐6696

Serving Bethany Beach, DE