Women's Health Care

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Maternity

From pregnancy testing, birth planning and high-risk pregnancy advice through to labor, delivery and beyond, The Christiana Care Center for Reproductive Health specializes in innovative contraceptive techniques and provides comprehensive reproductive health services, especially for patients with complex medical issues.

Birth Planning

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The day your baby is born is one you’ll always remember. For many generations, Christiana Care has helped mothers and their families deliver and nurture their babies. Our commitment to the highest level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding has earned us a Baby-Friendly™ designation by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative—a global program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

If you need help, want to sign up for parenting classes, or would like to schedule a tour, please call 302-733-2472.

Our Services

As part of our support, we offer expecting moms a birth plan, which helps you think through your care options, decide which are right for you and share them with the health care team.

Print the Birth Plan

Birth Plan (English)

Birth Plan (Spanish)

After you have completed the Birth Plan:

  • Talk about your birth plan with your doctor (obstetrician).
  • Bring a copy with you when you come to the hospital to have your baby.
  • Share your plan with your labor nurse.
  • Labor Support Cards have been developed to support you during your labor. The cards provide you with simple tips for understanding your labor pain, positions, movements and breathing, vocalizing and relaxation to help you feel more comfortable during labor.

Due Date Calculator

It is important to estimate your due date so you and your healthcare provider can schedule proper prenatal care and plan for your baby’s birth. Your healthcare provider uses a method similar to this calculator to give you your due date.

This calculator is not intended to replace the evaluation of a healthcare professional.

Enter your information

What was the date of the first day of your last menstrual period?

Please enter a valid date (MM/DD/YYYY)

Please enter a date within the last year.

Congratulations

Your baby is expected on or around

Your last menstrual period on , means you have
weeks left of pregnancy

Early days, but your baby already has a heartbeat and their eyes and ears are starting to develop.

Your baby is taking on a human shape, is in constant motion and tooth buds are starting to appear.

Arms and legs are fully formed, fingernails and toenails are on the way and your baby has eyelids!

You’re now at the start of the second trimester. The weight of the fetus will multiply more than seven times over the next few months.

You’re halfway there! In the middle of your second trimester, you baby can sleep for an average of 20 hours a day.

Brace yourself, this is when your baby will start to truly kick and move, as well as develop basic reflexes such as swallowing.

Your baby's hearing is fully developed and he or she changes position frequently and responds to stimuli, including sound, pain, and light.

You're on the home stretch! The third trimester is when your baby can see and hear as their brain continues to develop.

You're nearly there - The lungs have matured (get ready for the crying!), the head has shifted and your baby is getting ready to be born. Congratulations!

Naegele’s Rule (Standard Pregnancy Dating Method)

Franz Naegele, a German obstetrician, came up with the first due date calculations around 1850. He found that the average length of pregnancy was about 38 weeks (266 days). This is about 40 weeks (280 days) after the first day of a pregnant woman’s last menstrual period. Naegele based his figures on an average menstrual cycle of 28 days, with ovulation on day 14 of the cycle. That meant the egg could not be fertilized until 2 weeks after the first day of the menstrual cycle. He used his data to come up with a calculation for due dates.

Today, most authorities agree that many factors affect a due date. Your healthcare provider can use ultrasound and other techniques to help estimate your due date.

Patient Stories

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Overcome by sudden anxiety, new mom found help was there when she needed it

Postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders can come out of nowehere and be terrifying to deal with. At Christiana Care's Center for Women's Emotional Wellness, moms find the support they need to regain control of their lives and be the mother...

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Bonding with baby is greatest breastfeeding benefit for Christiana Care nurse

Before her pregnancy, Janet Machulski, RN, BSN, PCCN, a Heart & Vascular nurse at Christiana Care Health System, wasn’t sure if she would breastfeed when she had her first child. She knew she would come back to her full-time job and wondered how...

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Seminars & Classes

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Community Baby Shower

Moms! Dads! Grandparents! Parents-to-be! Join us for a special celebration packed with fun activities, raffles and practical information about pregnancy, newborn care, and the growth of children under...

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