It might seem there’s not much need for maternity homes in 21st century America, where there is no longer much stigma attached to unwed motherhood.Does anyone know anything more about this organization? Might be worthy of support . . .
But the organizers and residents of Hannah House, a non-profit organization that provides a place to live for women in their teens and 20s who are dealing with crisis pregnancies, said the need for such homes is greater now than it was 30 or 40 years ago.
“I’ve been involved with helping pregnant girls and women for more than 20 years,” said Glennis Woodall, founder of the organization that recently moved to East Texas.
“These young women still need help making decisions and learning practical skills that will help them provide the best possible lives for themselves and their children.”
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The mothers-to-be are offered information about adoption and parenting, and are free to choose whichever alternative they believe would be best for themselves and their children.
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“When I originally began working with women who had crisis pregnancies, I was part of an organization in Houston that was really focused on encouraging the women to place their babies for adoption, and that bothered me,” Woodall said. “Adoption can be a wonderful option, and we make sure the women here are aware of that opportunity for their babies, but we don’t pressure them to choose it. If they want to parent their child, we help them gain the life skills needed to be an effective mother.”
Sunday, January 2, 2011
A haven for mothers-to-be
That's the headline to this article that talks about a maternity home that seems a little different from the norm, including the fact that the article talks of mothers-to-be instead of birthmothers (which isn't something the media tend to do without considerable education by the article's subject):