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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 - 4 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
Trinesha - 7 months ago
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I'm 20 years old in need of some serious help my mom soon will kick me out is there any way by any chance I can helped on getting a job and getting the help I need to take care of my unexpected pregnancy #3
Jessica - 10 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? #4
Rubi - 3 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. #5
Passion - 3 weeks 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.I just need somewhere to stay for a few months until the birth. #6
Guest - 9 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
NANDY - 1 month ago
HI IAM 7 MONTHS PREGNANT AND UNEMPLOYED. I AM LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY UNTIL I GIVE BIRTH. IAM CURRENTLY IN UPINGTON AND CONSIDERING GIVING THE BABY UP FOR ADOPTION ONCE ITS BORN. CAN U PLEASE HELP ME? #8
Alisha - 3 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
Tee - 10 months 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. #10
Jasmine - 4 hours ago
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 #11
takia - 6 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 #12
Victoria - 4 weeks ago
Hi I am unemployed and I have no place to stay I am 6 months and 2 weeks pregnant is there any help for me and my baby #13
Anna - 1 month ago
I'm 20 weeks in need of housing in Birmingham is there any places #14
karen - 2 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 #15
krystal - 2 months ago
i need housing i am going to be 7 months pregnany on july 11 #16
Miah - 3 months ago
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Hi I'm 16 and 33weeks pregnant and homelessss any advice please help me I live in SanfFrancisco California #17
Ambyr - 3 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. #18
Carmen - 4 months ago
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Hi I am 3 months pregnan and I wanted to know if you have any room for one more person ,I don't have a job anymore because in the beginning the doctor say my pregnancy was risky and that I need to be at home so the baby won't become a miscarriage.I would like to get some help please so can provide for my first baby. #19
Schina Moore - 5 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. #20
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