The Mission of Shepherd’s Maternity House is to provide shelter, care, counseling, and education as an alternative to abortion for pregnant women ages 18 and older and their babies. Women must provide their own food although there is donated food that all may share. Women are asked to pay $10.00 a week.
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. Providing a loving home for the infant is paramount. Whether the woman chooses to keep her baby or place it for adoption, she is given support and help.
These young women will receive instructions on maternal, prenatal, and postnatal care as well as nutrition and will be given the opportunity to learn parenting skills, and receive counseling and job training. 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 job market.
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. They will learn how to live together as a family with the other mothers and babies at the maternity home and will always know that Shepherd’s Maternity House a program of Catholic Social Services regards them as part of its family.