Maternity Homes

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

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Annie - 1 year 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 #1
Rubi - 1 year 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. #2
duduzile mavimbela - 1 year ago
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Hi im a 24 yr old 16 weeks pregnent .i nid a plc to stay until i gv birth nd gv da baby up for adoption ,t1gen i cn #3
Sandra - 10 months ago
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i am 7months pregnant and nid 2 place ma baby 4 adoption i dnt want ma parent 2 knw pls help me ma contact 0xxxxx #4
yakerra - 10 months ago
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You know I'm 21 and I been hoping to help someone with a little girl...i lost my baby girl last month and got plenty newborn clothes up to 6 months... I'm in Louisiana area #5
Alisha - 1 year 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. #6
Crishna - 8 months ago
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Hello im a 21 year old young women with my partner in miami hoping to find a teenage girl who is unable to care for her child basically a private adoption i love kids and i want a family of my own. If you want to know more of course here is my email: prcrishna12 @ g mail . Com #7
Kimberly - 1 year ago
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Hello, my name is Kimberly. My partner and I have been together 5 years. I have children of my own but we are willing to adopt privately from someone who is unable to care for there child and give them a home filled with lots of love. If you are a mom considering us as your answer you can reach me. I currently live in Michigan #8
Tee - 2 years 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. #9
Passion - 1 year 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. #10
donisha - 1 year ago
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I have been stressed this whole year just had a baby 8 weeks ago and im ready to give up #11
Christine - 10 months ago
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Hi my name is Christine and I have been married for 8 years. My husband and I are certified adoptive parents from NY(Long Island) that would be able to adopt from any state. We are looking to adopt a newborn and help you find comfort in your selfless decision of adoption. We would like you to keep us in mind and know that there are people to help you though this difficult time, Please contact us to find out more about us and how we can help you get through this challenging time. #12
Deaun - 10 months ago
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I live in north Idaho and have a heart for these young ladies who have written on this comment page. My plan was just to look at what maternity homes were available. I am here to help in whatever way I am able. If someone is in this area please contact me. My goal is not to adopt, we have children we are still raising :) God turned my life around and blessed me! May the Lord greatly bless and comfort you girls and your babies. #13
Schina Moore - 2 years 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. #14
Guest - 11 months ago
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I need help please I'm 19 #15
ema - 1 year ago
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I am a single women and cannot have my own but I am looking for some one who is in need of help and looking to help . I am financially stable African American , located in Chicago I am very serious . If u are looking into adoption and need help please contact me #16
Suzanne - 8 months ago
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I have a home in Twin Falls Idaho that I want to share with pregnant mother. It is a family home and you will have your own room. I would like a girl that just wants to get away for her pregnancy to possibly give up baby for adoption. #17
Guest - 2 years 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. #18
Alyssa - 9 months ago
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Hello I am 5 months pregnant and have no job and no car. I am about to start a 12 week nursing program and will be on streets by next week. Can anyone offer advice as to where I can go for help... Already applied for government assistance, yet they will only provide me a motel for two weeks. If anyone has advice, I'd really appreciate it. #19
Nicolette - 1 year ago
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I saw ur message u can contact me via email I'm in California though I'm looking to adopt a newborn. I could help her out my husband an I have been together for 17 yrs an no luck on having kids had several miscarriages I pray for the best for ur sister if she wants to a Contact me #20
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