During their stay the mothers are given much needed support in a loving family atmosphere. They are also given the assistance and knowledge to provide that same nurturing, comforting environment for their babies.
In some instances, however, it may not be possible for these young women to keep their infants. Since the decision to put a newborn up for adoption is far from easy, impartial counseling is available to help the mother decide through Catholic Social Services.
The benefits and drawbacks of adoption are discussed, as are legal concerns. In reaching the best choice, the mother is given guidance, information, time and often, a shoulder to cry upon.
If adoption is chosen, she can use the services of Catholic Social Services of Monroe County. Either way, providing a loving home for the infant is paramount. If the woman chooses to keep her baby, she is given support and help.
Day to Day Life these young women will receive instructions on maternal, prenatal, and postnatal care as well as nutrition. They will be given the opportunity to learn parenting skills, and receive counseling and job training. In addition, they will learn how to live together as a family at the maternity home. Women must provide their own food although there is food donated that all may share. Women are asked to pay $10.00 a week.
Assistance will be provided to help young women who have not completed their high school or vocational school education. Classes will be basic courses, including computer technology, which will help them develop the necessary skills to compete in today’s marketplace.
After the birth of their babies, mothers will receive assistance in securing housing, employment, and day-care facilities. Ongoing counseling and support will be available, if required. The new mothers will always know that Shepherd’s Maternity House a program of Catholic Social Services regards them as part of its family.
To contact Shepherd’s Maternity Home, call 570-476-1428.