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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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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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Grief over a lost pregnancy

Grief over a lost pregnancy. There are many subtitles that are under a lost pregnancy. The first is a miscarriage. A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. Approximately half of all fertilized are lost spontaneously, usually before the woman knows she is pregnant. Among women…

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Teen Parenting Program

Hopeful Beginning’s Teen Parenting Program and how you can discern if this program is for you and your school, community, or church.  First of all, it is important for you to speak with the teachers, social workers, and nurses at your school to look at the numbers of students who are pregnant and…

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Baby in the NICU

Hopeful Beginnings can help you if your baby is in the NICU at the hospital after birth.  For those of you who don’t know, the NICU is the neonatal intensive care for babies who are ill that have just been born.    Hopeful Beginnings is very helpful for mothers that have their babies…

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Starting Counseling

First and foremost, I am proud of you. Starting counseling no matter what takes bravery. It can be very difficult for people to seek help for a variety of reasons. This can be related to a lack of a support system, cultural or societal norms still stigmatizing mental illness and counseling, lack of…

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Effective Communication with Teenagers

Talking with teenagers could be its own university level major of study. Communication with adolescents is a delicate balance that requires a lot of patience and persistence. As the teen parenting social worker here for Hopeful Beginnings, I like to believe I have earned my degree in teenage communication. Working in the local…

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