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Maternity homes are typically dorm-like residences which offer housing, transportation and other services to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and, for whatever reason, need a place to stay through the duration of their pregnancy. In addition to the typical dorm-like residences, there are some organizations that have recruited volunteer families who provide free housing for women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and include them in their day to day family life. Both options allow expectant mothers a reduced stress atmosphere in which to continue their pregnancy and obtain regular medical care until delivery.

Maternity housing was a popular option in the 1950's and 60's which offered women a place where they could go in order to escape the stigmas associated with unplanned and unwed pregnancies. However, with the decriminalization of abortion, the wide-spread availability of birth control, as well as the changing attitudes towards single parenting in society, the numbers of maternity homes as dropped dramatically.

Maternity homes typically offer a wide range of services for women in need, ranging from counseling services and parenting classes to adoption related guidance and job training. In addition to providing guidance and support, staff and volunteers often assist expectant mothers with the process of applying for state-funded aide and other available public assistance.

Staying in a maternity home during your pregnancy is often free of charge, as are most of the services provided during your stay. Each maternity home operates differently, so it will be important for you to ask questions and find out what is expected of you, if you intend to utilize the option of staying in a maternity home during your pregnancy.

Maternity housing is a great option for expectant mothers who wish to make a decision regarding their future as well as the future of their unborn child, without the pressure that can come from friends and family who may not be supportive.

Visit the Adoption.com Professionals Directory to learn more about the housing options available to you in your state or across the country.

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Sharaine - 1 year ago
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Hi I am 4 months pregnant... I have a job and a car.... I am just wondering is there any housing avalaible? I am in lynwood ca.. #1
LaShelle - 5 months ago
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Hello I am 11 weeks pregnant and the environment I am staying is lots of drama and stress. I am finding good myself having a emotional breakdown and I am more concern about my unborn child. Can someone help me where can I go till my delivery date on December 1. I had move to California to south Carolina and I have no family and friends out here. I don't want to go back home because my baby daddy want to be part of the pregnancy, delivery and the child life. him and myself staying with his family and they are the causing unhealthy environment for my baby #2
Jessica - 11 months ago
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I am 23 and expecting my first child and am currently enrolled in online classes for college. I have no where to go and am 8 months pregnant. is there anywhere in Jacksonville, NC? #3
Rubi - 5 months ago
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I'm 15, my names Rubi I am 22 weeks pregnant. And I live only with my father. I'm alone day and night. And I'm stressing and always worrying. He can't take care of me right now. He's struggling a lot, I can't take this anymore. Somedays he can't even buy food. The apartment we live in is pretty bad. My baby's father is signing his rights away when he is born. Being alone all day, to dealing with hearing about my baby's father getting drunk and doing things with girls really depresses me. Wondering if theirs any housing available for me until my father gets back on his feet. I live in longview Texas. And I really don't know what to do anymore. I have no place to go and I can't stay here any longer. #4
Nicolette - 2 months ago
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I am a mother of 3, my oldest just started college and has moved into her school. I have a beautiful home and would consider opening it up to a young mother in need. I have been a stay at home mother for 17yrs. I have also worked within the school system in the Special Ed. Dept. prior to raising my children. I firmly believe that every child should have the opportunity to thrive in a nurturing, loving home despite the unfortunate circumstances that they born into. I am also willing to discuss open adoption or helping someone who's in a turmoil over finishing school. Weather it be high school or college and still want to keep their baby but have no other options. I live in Connecticut and am here if anyone needs a stand in mother or help through this difficult time. Please reach out if your in need and let me know. #5
Passion - 2 months ago
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I just found out im 20 weeks pregnant. Thank God Im really small but people are starting to catch on. I have 2 jobs and i start college in 2 weeks. The father is VERY much involved and is happy about it but understands in this situation we are financially unprepared and is deciding on the high possibility of having an open adoption. I honestly do NOT need my mother to know at all that im even pregnant. Im 18 and live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. #6
Guest - 11 months ago
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Are maternity homes just for women who want to place their babies for adoption? I know a homeless pregannt young woman who needs a safe place NOW and help finding permanancy for herself and baby. #7
Alisha - 4 months ago
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Hi, I'm 32 weeks along and this is my first child. I recently lost my job and will soon be losing my car. I'm in need of housing- my bf and I broke up (the baby is his) and I was planning on living with him, but he insisted I find a place ASAP. I live in Belleville, Illinois, but was considering relocating back to Norman/Moore/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Any help would be appreciated. #8
Annie - 1 month ago
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@NICOLLETE is there a way I can reach you? My little sister is 18 will be 19 soon she works and is 10 weeks pregnant but has been having complications with her pregnancy and just recently been released from ger dcf foster home last time i spoke to her she was staying at the father if the baby's house but cant stsy for long she has asthma and the basement has mold. my birth mom is out of the picture and I live in AZ i cant do much but help pay for prenatals and food she lives in West Haven CT last i heard. please feel free to contact me @xxxx my name is Annie. Thank you #9
Ann - 3 days ago
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Hi there. I'm a single woman seeking a birth mom for a healthy infant adoption. I empathize with the challenging situations many are facing. I'm a diplomat who can offer wonderful international and educational opportunities to a healthy baby. If interested, contact me or Adoptions Together in Maryland- Laura Teeter Good luck to all! #10
Kaylyn - 2 weeks ago
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I'm kaylyn 22 years old have a 2 year old and just found out I am pregnant . I'm guessing my maybe 5 weeks . I do not support abortions so I will not being doing so. I have a car with no insurance or tags because I lost my job. I have no where to go and I need to figure something out fast . I am from frederick md #11
Schina Moore - 7 months ago
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Help. I am 20 and pregnant. I need a place to live. I have to move out end of this month and don't have no place to go. #12
Leslie - 2 weeks ago
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Hi I am 6 months pregnant. I stopped going to college and working when I got sick with my pregnancy. Ever since then, my bf has been abusing me and complaining that I don't pay for any of our bills. I don't want to give up my baby but I just need a safe and healthy home for myself and my unborn child. Is there anyone that can help in Texas? #13
Guest - 5 months ago
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In Texas there is Christian Homes of Abilene if you have no where to live, its free and they provide you with transportation. #14
Tee - 1 year ago
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Hi, I am 19 years old and am currently 12 weeks pregnant, my family does not support my decision to keep my child and has ultimately shunned me. I have no place to stay and am looking for help. I am in Upper Marlboro, MD. #15
takia - 7 months ago
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Im 6 month pregnant i barely work and im in college.... i need a place to stay before june when the baby get here my room is in.the basement and its way to cold for a baby to stay in here.. is it any housing in Baltimore #16
Jasmine - 2 months ago
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Hello im Jasmine and im 8 weeks pregnant, i just got kicked out of the apartment me and my boyfriend were staying in cause he went to jail and was taken off the lease. I need help with housing for the duration of my pregnancy #17
karen - 4 months ago
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My daughter in 6 months pregnant lives in fl and has no were to live what can she do I live Va and can't help her #18
krystal - 4 months ago
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i need housing i am going to be 7 months pregnany on july 11 #19
Ambyr - 5 months ago
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I am 5 weeks pregnant, me and my fiance would like to keep our child but his entire family torment us about abortion and I am tired of the stresses of living here feeling unwanted. Any open houses in Georgia please help. #20
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