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 - 3 years 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
Tee - 4 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. #2
Rubi - 3 years 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. #3
Sandra - 2 years 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 - 2 years 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
Kristie - 3 years ago
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Looking for a baby or infant and will help any mother that need to stay with me till the baby is born . I have a beautiful home in Duluth Mn its a lake house . #6
Crishna - 2 years 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
Alisha - 3 years 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
Emanuel - 2 months ago
We been here for two days in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and we came from Waterloo, Iowa. My fiance is nine month pregnant and I seizures but we can't get no help up! And that sad, if you have any comments u can text xxxx ,and I did all my research I don't know what to do next god bless #9
Jasmine - 1 year ago
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I'm 7 months pregnant and homeless I been going to different shelters even went to a place called path here in nyc and they will not help me I don't know what else to do I'm sleeping on different trains every night with no money or anything #10
Kimberly - 3 years 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 #11
Cyndi - 2 months ago
I am 37 years old and currently 13 weeks pregnant with my first child (unplanned). I am a high risk pregnancy from having breast cancer, polycystic ovaries and mental health issues. My mother suggested that I have an abortion and my father said adoption. I am very scared, not for myself but the well being of my baby. I live in Festus Missouri and am in need of housing. #12
duduzile mavimbela - 3 years 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 #13
Cici - 3 months ago
I'm 9 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I'm a high risk pregnancy because of my eye problems. It can cause me to lose my eye sight anytime. I never know I could get pregnant. I'm 22 and pregnant with a unhealthy living situation. Two days ago my dad beat me up because I wouldn't give him my cell phone. Everyone is now mad at me because I won't drop the charges. I can't he risked the life of my unborn child. How can I drop the charges ? They want me out. And I'm scared of shelters. #14
Ann - 3 years 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! #15
Pat - 6 months ago
Does anyone know/remember the name of any Maternity homes that existed in the Washington, D.C. area in 1xxxxx? Am trying to find out the name of a maternity home I was in while pregnant with my son during 1970. It was a group home but it was not The Florence Crittenton Home nor was it St. Ann's. Anyone? #16
Pat - 6 months ago
Am trying to find out the name of the Maternity Home where I stayed when pregnant with my son in early 1970 in the Washington, D.C. area. It was not Florence Crittenton nor St. Ann's. Does anyone know the name of other group Maternity Homes in Washington, DC in 1970? Thank you very much! #17
Emma - 1 year ago
Hi my name is emma im 20 weeks pregnant i live in orlanfo me and my partner just got to the point were we have no money for food or a place to stay we sleep in the car and eat of my food stamp which we go a week or 2 with no food if anybody can help us or me please give me a call at xxxxx thank you. #18
Melissa - 1 year ago
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Hello, I'm the Administrator of Chosen Child Adoption Services in Texas. We have a maternity home here, Hannah House Maternity Home, that accepts women from all over the country. Services are free of charge and placing for adoption is not required. There are vacancies now. Call anytime #19
Angela - 1 year ago
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My heart goes out to all of you, I was on here in hopes of finding help for a young woman who is pregnant. I want to find her a place to stay to turn her pattern of life around as she is 11 weeks and the babys father does not want her to have it. He is very verbally cruel and pushing her to get an abortion and she has no where to go. If you can provide a safe haven while she is pregnant so she is no longer bullyed and disgraced I would like to help her by finding her such a place. #20

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