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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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What are the signs of Perinatal Depression

Depression or anxiety that occurs during pregnancy is called perinatal depression or perinatal anxiety. Perinatal depression can include symptoms such as; frequent crying, mood swings, irritability, extreme fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, loss of sexual interest, anxiety, appetite changes, negative scary thoughts, feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness and despair. Perinatal anxiety includes symptoms similar…

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Our Adoption Story

“We chose our adoption with Hopeful Beginnings, because they made us feel comfortable from the first time we met them. Everyone was approachable and kind through the process. It helped to have friends and families support, but it also helped to have an agency who listened and answered our questions and concerns. Adoptive…

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Children’s Illnesses

Children’s illnesses and when to know if and when things are serious and your child has to be transported to the hospital.  First of all, before baby is born, it is important to either ask for a medical kit and a cold vaporizer.  A good thermometer is very important to purchase.  You can call the Doctor’s…

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Child Birth Education

Child Birth Education – if you ask my husband, the two full days of childbirth education I asked (forced?) him to attend with me at the hospital were among the longest two days of his life. Nine years later, I don’t remember many of the details except that there were lots and lots…

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