San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Methodist Mission Home recently finished renovations to their Maternity Center providing a free, safe place to live for expectant birth mothers. The Maternity Center is located on a beautiful 25-acre campus with other amenities such as a swimming pool, computer lab and recreation room. At the new facility, birth mothers can also take advantage of the many other free birth mother services MMH has to offer. “Whether you choose to live in our new Maternity Center, or in your own community, we offer you professional guidance and compassionate support, leaving you reassured that our team is here to help you with anything you may need,” says Cathy Walker, Development Director at MMH.
The professionals at Methodist Mission Home know that finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant can be a scary and uncertain time. It’s easy for women to feel overwhelmed when facing the reality of an unplanned pregnancy. There are so many questions, so many decisions. When a young woman knows her choices, she can make the best decision for herself and her baby. Adoption is a wonderful alternative to raising a child when the mother is not ready or unable to care for the baby herself. During the months leading up to the delivery, MMH offers a save haven for pregnant women considering adoption at their Maternity Center where birth mothers can live for free.
Birth mothers living in Methodist Mission Home’s new Maternity Center have access to many other helpful services that will prepare them for the months ahead including the months after the adoption has taken place. Each Maternity Center apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living area with a TV and opens into a peaceful patio area. Easy access to the city bus line is available, and counselors help birth mothers with transportation to all doctors’ appointments. Women staying here, or birth mothers who live off campus, have access not only to information about their pregnancy and childbirth, but also many educational resources designed to help the women improve their own lives as well.
MMH offers life skill training, budgeting and money maintenance education, career development, vocational evaluations, job readiness training and job placement services. That way, after the baby has been delivered and the adoption process is complete, the birth mothers are prepared to go back to school or find a job.
During a birth mother’s pregnancy, whether she lives on campus or not, MMH also provides financial assistance with adoption and pregnancy-related expenses such as medical care, maternity clothing, living expenses, transportation and counseling services; bi-lingual counseling is available as well. The women can also enjoy the company of other women going through the same experience and look to them for support as well. During the time leading up to this important decision, counselors will work with the birth mothers to ensure that whatever decision they make is the right one for each individual woman.
If a birth mother does decide that adoption is the right choice for her and her baby, women at MMH are given the option to choose the adoptive family that will raise their child. Cathy Walker adds, “We help you choose the adoptive family for your baby from a list of families who have passed a rigorous pre-screening process. Birth mothers can meet the family to reassure the women that their baby will be raised in a loving household.” The women can also work with the adoptive family to arrange future plans for staying in touch after the adoption is finalized.
After the adoption, many birth mothers go through a range of emotions and feelings. MMH continues to provide counseling to birth mothers even after the adoption, so that the women feel good about their decision in order to move on to the next phase in their own lives. It is important that the mothers have peace of mind, knowing they made a choice that was best for their baby in giving their child a life of love and opportunity that they themselves were not sufficiently prepared to provide at that point in time.
There is no cost to the birth mother for any of MMH's services, regardless of what her final decision may be. Birth mothers cannot make their final decision until the baby is at least two days old. During that important time, counselors at MMH will help the women review their choices again. Professionals at MMH strive to make sure every woman makes the best choice she can for herself and her child. Finally, birth mothers can continue to count on the agency's help long after their babies are living with the adoptive parents. MMH offers support as women face the grieving process and other emotions that are common after the adoption. Methodist Mission Home has been established for more than a century, and they will continue to help pregnant women facing one of the most important decisions of their lives.