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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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Open Adoption

Open adoption is a term that newer to the general public, but is encouraged and celebrated at Hopeful Beginnings. In an open adoption, a birth family and adoptive family have communication and a relationship continuing after the baby is placed with the adoptive family. This can cover a range of frequency and communication…

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Adoption Myths and Misconceptions

Adoption. The word “adoption” can be associated with many different emotions as well as stereotypes and sometimes even horror stories. These inaccurate speculations cause many families to stray away from growing their family through adoption. Below are five common myths about adoption that we have debunked for you: Birth parents are always teen…

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Adoption means to me…….

  My previous ideas about adoption were very different from what I know now.. My nephews were adopted from Romania. Of course, our family all knew they were adopted. My niece, now an adult, who looks very much like her adopted mother, still does not know she was adopted. Neither family situation knew…

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3 Components to a Healthy Relationship

3 Components to a Healthy Relationship Communication Communication is key. Keeping open & healthy communication helps a relationship flow. You should be able to express yourself when you are happy, sad, or mad. If there are things you don’t like, talk things out by listening & understanding. An unhealthy relationship is seen as…

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Am I Pregnant?

Missing one or more menstrual periods is a classic sign of pregnancy. But this can be tricky for women, whose periods aren’t yet regular. It can also be tricky for girls whose cycles are off as a result of excessive dieting or exercise, low body fat from sports, or hormonal disorders like PCOS….

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When Giving Up for Adoption Should Be Given Up

Times change and so does appropriate language and phrases In the adoption world, we have been advocating ending the term ‘giving up your child for adoption’ when we are talking about the selfless and brave act of a birth parent creating an adoption plan. The last thing someone does is give up on…

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ABC’S of Safe Sleep

A L O N E – B A C K – C R I B The safety of your child is the number one priority for any parent. From baby-proofing the house to sanitizing your child’s toys, parents work tirelessly to make sure their child is safe at home. One danger parents overlook…

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Birth Parent Support

    You are not alone…   The emotions that birth parents feel are ones that others may not understand.  Having intense feelings of grief and loss are not uncommon.  Finding a safe place to express yourself and finding support can help you begin the healing process. It is crucial to know that…

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Free Postpartum Depression Counseling Now Available

Hopeful Beginnings is now offering free counseling services to women, including postpartum depression/anxiety counseling, perinatal depression/anxiety counseling, grief & loss counseling, and adjustment to motherhood counseling. If you or someone you know is suffering, call us today to set up a free appointment. No insurance or referrals needed! Call us to set up…

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Baby Closet

The Baby Closet services those women who are in need. Hopeful Beginnings Baby Closet will help our clients by providing essential baby items to safely and adequately care for their children. The Baby Closet is available to women receiving our maternity counseling services. Call us today at to schedule your maternity counseling appointment…

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