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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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Birth Mother

I’m pregnant…but I’m not the kind of person I thought would ever be a birth mom – Who really is a Birth Mom? By: Olivia Espinosa The word “adoption” may be coming into a more favorable light, but the label of “birth mother” can still be looked upon with judgment and stigma. Hollywood…

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Separation Anxiety in Children

What is separation anxiety? Does my child have it? From the moment your child is born, you spend every second of your day with your child, which is a good thing because your child needs you, especially when they have weeks or months that they’ve been born. You only want to be near…

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Self-care for parents

As a parent, you will always have something to clean or something to do. You have to take care of your child and make sure that they are safe. Days or even weeks can pass by without you taking care of yourself. Self-care is very important as a parent. You want to make…

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Newborn Skin to Skin Contact

Skin-to-Skin Contact and its benefits   A welcoming of a new baby is such an exciting time for parents. One of the most rewarding feelings is when you get to hold your baby for the first time. You may have heard of the skin-to-skin contact that occurs when a baby is born. Skin-to-skin…

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Marriage and a New Baby

Maintaining A Good Marriage While Managing A New Baby You and your significant other recently got married or have been married for a while. Both of you are happy enjoying each other’s company and living a happy life. Then one day, both of you find out that you’re having a baby. It’s very…

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