In 2010, 57% of all pregnancies in Delaware were unintended, the highest rate in the nation. That year, the federal and state governments spent over $94 million on unintended pregnancies in the First State.
With more than $10 million in private funds, the group Upstream USA set out early last year to change those numbers. Through a program called Delaware CAN – which stands for contraceptive access now – health professionals have begun training pediatric, primary care and OB/GYN practices on how to deliver same-day contraceptive care: including how to insert long-acting reversible contraception, called LARC. They’ve also deployed marketing campaigns to reach out to women in potential need of contraception.
While there isn’t data yet to show if there’s been a definite decrease in unplanned pregnancies, over 500 First State healthcare providers have been trained.
Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly spoke to one Delaware woman about how the program has helped her. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy.