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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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LaShelle - 6 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 #1
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.. #2
Jessica - 1 year 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 - 6 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
Annie - 2 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 #5
Kimberly - 3 weeks 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 at xxxx. I currently live in Michigan #6
duduzile mavimbela - 3 weeks 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 #7
Passion - 3 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. #8
Alisha - 5 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. #9
Tanisha - 6 days ago
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HI were looking for someone that can't afford to take care of their baby, we are a loving family and would love to add to our family. We want it to be a private adoption. Maybe if the mother needs a place to stay we can arrange something that way it feels like were part of the pregnancy too. You can get a hold of me at tanishadecaire at xxxxxx dot com #10
ema - 7 days 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 #11
Nicolette - 3 weeks ago
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@xxxx 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 xxxx #12
Schina Moore - 8 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. #13
Debra - 4 weeks ago
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I would like to adopt an African American newborn baby..i am hispanic/black and have been at the same job for over 11 years..i have a 15 year old daughter and a 14 year old son..i myself was adopted and raised by an older great couple...i respect and love my mother for placing me where I could get an education and love...i was raised to love my God Jesus and to love and protect my family...My children are waiting for that new baby brother/sister to give all our love to..you can contact me #14
Ann - 1 month 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
Leslie - 1 month 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? #16
Guest - 12 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. #17
Guest - 6 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. #18
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. #19
Kimberly - 1 week ago
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Anyone looking to give there baby in adoption would like to talk email me #20
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