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Hopeful Beginnings of St. Mary’s Services was established in 1887, with the vision of providing every child a good home. We continue this mission with adoption services and maternity counseling services.

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BABY BOTTLE SYNDROME

BABY BOTTLE SYNDROME & TOOTH DECAY     Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD). The Journal of Dietetic Association defines this as a widespread form of caries (We call these cavities) that affect the incisors and molars. This usually occurs between ages 0 and 2 years old. It can also occur with any child…

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To All Birth Mothers

There are many voices out there, whether other adoptees, previous birth mothers, adoptive parents, or the general public. They all have their story regarding adoption and its impact on their life. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and trying to research more about adoption, you may be feeling confused and frightened by…

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Healthy Preganancy

Healthy Pregnancy Center for Disease Control (CDC) Learn what you can do before and during pregnancy to improve your chances of having a healthy baby. Before you get pregnant, try to reach a healthy weight. Obesity increases the risk for several serious birth defects and other pregnancy complications. If you are underweight, overweight,…

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Safe Toys for Children

Good Toys for Young Children by Age and Stage In addition to being safe, good toys for young children need to match their stages of development and emerging abilities. Many safe and appropriate play materials are free items typically found in your homes. Cardboard boxes, plastic bowls and lids, collections of plastic bottle…

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Safe Sleep for Newborns

Ask any new mom or dad what they find most difficult in a child’s first year, and they will probably mention sleep deprivation. By a baby’s first birthday, most parents have tried some sort of intervention – something to help their child learn to fall asleep and stay asleep on her own so…

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