Find a place to stay

If you cannot stay at home, a maternity home could be an option for you if you have decided to have the baby. Maternity homes are places where women can live while they are pregnant. You may also be able to stay there for a short time after you have your baby. Some maternity homes are just for women who plan to place their babies for adoption. Make sure you find out what any home you are considering offers and expect of you.

Before choosing a home, it is a good idea to:

  • visit the home
  • ask about their rules
  • talk to your doctor, nurse, or social worker
  • talk to friends and family
  • talk to someone who lives there, if the home lets you

If you need help with housing, these government programs may be able to help you:

  • Section 8: the government pays (“subsidizes”) part of your rent, and
  • Low-income housing: low-rent apartment buildings.

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