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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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Should you trust a babysitter to watch your child?

  Parents might be occupied with different responsibilities throughout the week. They might rely on family members and friends to watch their kids while they are occupied. Some parents might seek a babysitter to help them feel a little less stressed with everything that they have going on. Things to consider · Preferences:…

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Ways to deal with Anxiety During Pregnancy

Ways to deal with Anxiety During Pregnancy When women are pregnant, they go through a lot of changes. These changes can be physically and mentally. These changes can be challenging for women. Often times, it can create a sense of anxiety. Many mothers can feel lost or confused because they might not know…

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Telehealth Counseling

Telehealth What is all this hype about Telehealth? Well, Telehealth is a way to communicate effectively with both the sender and receiver being able to hear a voice, see a facial expression, and note a person’s body language. It is the next best thing to having an appointment in person. The only thing…

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Benefits of an Open Adoption

When I think about our open adoption through Hopeful Beginnings today as we have navigated through these days of COVID uncertainty, one idea is 100% certain. We have the BEST open adoption for us! Hopeful Beginnings continues to support our birth mother with any issues around her new family as well as helping…

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Flu Shot Facts

Importance of the Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot)   Every once in awhile, people get sick. We tend to see people sick around the time that the weather begins to change. Since people get the flu, the flu researchers developed a flu shot that can protect people from getting it. However, what is the…

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Adoption Options

Adoption Child Welfare defines adoptions as the social, emotional, and legal process in which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become full and permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and psychological connections to their birth family. There are different types of adoption in the United States:…

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Strategies for Parents with Young Children this School Year

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some tips on parenting in a pandemic. Find this information and more at HealthyChildren.org: • Address children’s fear as they rely on their parents for safety, both physically and emotionally: -Answer questions about the pandemic simply and as honestly as you can -Recognize your child’s feelings -Maintain…

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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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