What is a Maternity Home?
Everyone should have safe housing, especially if you are a pregnant woman carrying your child to term. Pregnancy can be a challenging and difficult time if you don’t have a home where you are respected and cared for. Maternity homes provide temporary housing where pregnant women feel supported, loved, and encouraged.
How Are Maternity Homes Run?
According to the Maternity Housing Coalition, there are more than 400 maternity homes throughout the United States. Although most are run separately, each provides a place for expectant mothers to receive prenatal medical care, education, and the emotional support they need.
4 Types of Maternity Homes
There are a variety of maternity home programs. Here are four:
1. Live-in House Parents
In this type of maternity home, house “parents” or couples become live-in caretakers of the home with the women. They oversee daily tasks such as housekeeping, meal preparation, and laundry. Plus, house “parents” provide stability and emotional support. Depending on the size of the maternity home, they usually house several women.
2. Live-in Staff
The Family and Youth Services Bureau refers to this model as a Maternity Group Home. The maternity home hires staff to live in the home, oversee particular duties, and build relationships. They may provide individual or group counseling, parenting classes, job training, or life skills training.
3. Shift Staff
Some maternity homes hire employees for particular time periods. One employee may work 24 hours at a time, or the maternity home may employ one person for the day and another for the night.
4. Host Family Homes
With this model, organizations certify families to serve as host homes for pregnant women. The organization provides training and resources throughout each woman’s stay in the home.
What can Lamb of God Maternity Home provide me?
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, considering adoption, and need a safe and peaceful home, we’re here to help. Here are a few of the services we provide:
- 24/7 Wrap-Around Care
- Healthcare Needs
- Spiritual Direction
- Career and Vocational Guidance
- Financial Literacy
- Life Skills
- Adoption Education
- Mental Health Support
- Coordination with Outside Services and Programs
In addition, each woman receives the encouragement and emotional support she needs for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Contact us today if you or someone you know is in a crisis pregnancy and needs extra support. You don’t have to face an unplanned pregnancy alone. We’re here to provide shelter, compassion, and a future filled with hope.