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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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Annie - 10 months 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
Sandra - 6 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 #3
duduzile mavimbela - 9 months ago
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Hi im a 24 yr old lady.im 16 weeks pregnent .i nid a plc to stay until i gv birth nd gv da baby up for adoption ,t1gen i cn #4
yakerra - 6 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 - 4 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
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. #8
Dominique - 2 weeks ago
My husband and I are looking to adopt a baby. We are unable to have any kids and I have wanted a baby for years and cannot. So we would love to take care of your baby if you give us the honor. We are willing to travel all over south Florida. Please contact me at cheetah 24680 @ ya ho o . com and we can arrange to meet you and talk out arrangements. We are looking for a new born and just contact me and we will try to work with you. #9
Kim - 2 weeks ago
ST. Giannas home in ND. Keeping your baby or not this maternity home is a wonderful place I was a resident there and I made a family I kept my daughter but had mom's place there babies up its a wonderful help place please check it out if your in need #10
Kimberly - 9 months 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
Jasmine - 2 weeks ago
My name is Jasmine, I'm 21 and I have 2 kids already. I'm pregnant a third time and looking to place him/her up for adoption because I'm not able to care for this new baby. Right now I'm bouncing from house to house and really have no definite place to stay. Another reason for placing the baby. I want a family that can take care of the baby to the best of their abilities because I am not able to at this stage in life. Please contact me at xxxx #12
Beth - 3 weeks ago
Been married 9 years have 5 kids between us. Our youngest being 2 years old. The others are adults . We are looking to adopt another child to our baby girl to grow up with. No specific race or gender. Drug baby newborn as well. All are a gift from god. We will love the child unconditionally as our own. We Don not judge because in the end we all have a story. Would prefer closed adoption for various reasons.. Email is xxxx #13
Loren - 4 weeks ago
My name is Loren and my husband and I lve in Tennessee. We've been trying to have a baby for nearly 10 years and are hoping to adopt. We would love to have an open adoption and keep in contact with the Mother. Please visit our website to learn more about us or contact us! www.dressleradoption.com Good luck and best wishes to all!!!! #14
Passion - 12 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. #15
Madison - 3 months ago
Im 22 years old and I up and moved with my boyfriend thinking things would get better but now I'm stuck with a unhealthy relationship and home life I just need a comfortable environment for my baby boy and me so I can get back up on my feet I go to church and I'm now about 6 months pregnant and I feel I need to move to a better place for me and my son... #16
Lucy - 3 months ago
we ve been trying to have a baby for 2 years now an no luck!! looking for someone who need to give her baby in adoption, we live in miami and have our own house we are both have workers and have a son whom is the love of our lives but he needs sibblings! please reach out to us! we can help!! write to me xxxx #17
Maya - 4 months ago
Hello my name is Maya and i have a 19 year old friend with a 2 year old son and one on the way. she has no where to stay. she's living with a friend, but the mother said she needs to leave soons the baby is born. she is from newark nj. please help her. #18
donisha - 9 months 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 #19
Christine - 6 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. #20
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