Welcome to the Delaware Thrives blog!

The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies: Year 1 Evaluation Report

June 8, 2021

Pregnant women, girls, and new mothers (primarily ages 15 to 44) represent an at-risk population. This evaluation from Delaware Health and Social Services helps you understand the issues that impact them — such as mental and physical health, lifestyles and relationships, pregnancy prevention, financial stability, and father involvement — and reports on the outcomes of nearly 500 participants.

Preconception Health Measures

September 10, 2019

The goal of prepregnancy care is to reduce the risk of adverse health effects for the woman, fetus, and neonate by working with the woman to optimize health, address modifiable risk factors, and provide education about healthy pregnancy. Read the article and recommendations for preconception health measures.

ACOG Guidelines for Postpartum Care

September 10, 2019

In 2018, ACOG redesigned the guidelines for postpartum care to be an ongoing process rather than a single encounter. The ongoing process includes assessment of chronic health conditions, mental well-being, birth spacing and more. Learn more about the guidelines and best practices.

Birth Spacing Materials

September 10, 2019

Waiting at least 18 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again benefits mom, baby and family. We offer tools and materials that make it easy for you to educate your patients and clients about birth spacing. There are four toolkit items available for download and a brochure available for download or order.

UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health

September 10, 2019

View the resources and programs on maternal and infant health. There are patient education materials, resources for practices, and news that are updated frequently.

Delaware Academy of Medicine – Delaware Public Health Association

September 10, 2019

Their mission is to enhance the well being of our community through education and the promotion of public health. They offer professional and lay education, partnerships, advocacy efforts and more. Learn more about the association and its programs.

AWHONN

September 10, 2019

AWHONN is a national and state organization that provides professional and consumer resources about the care of women, pregnant women, and infants.

ACOG – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

September 10, 2019

ACOG is a national and state professional organization for gynecologists and obstetricians focusing of the care of women before, during, and after pregnancy. Read the publications and stay up-to-date with the latest care information.

AMCHP – The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

September 10, 2019

AMCHP is a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. Learn more about Title V and the policy and advocacy AMCHP supports.

Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

September 10, 2019

The Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV) is a statewide, nonprofit coalition of agencies and individuals working to stop domestic violence. Get involved today.