Support and Resources
For expecting mothers and new mothers
Birthright offers practical support and help during your pregnancy and beyond. We offer free monthly material assistance to our clients. All of our resources are completely free. There is no qualifying to receive our help. Some of the resources we are able to offer include:
- Maternity Clothes, New or Gently Used
- Books on Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting
- Baby Clothing sizes premie to 24 months, New or Gently Used
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Wash and Shampoo
- Baby Food
- New Infant Accessories (rattles, teethers, etc.)
- Welcome Home Baby Basket
All our material assistance is donated to us by individuals or organizations so it can vary as to availability. At Birthright, we do our very best to give you the help that you need to feel supported and encouraged as a parent.
Birthright Pregnancy Program
The Birthright Pregnancy Program is designed for the client who is pregnant for the first time but is available to any woman looking for more guidance during a pregnancy. The program is not a substitute for regular doctor visits or prenatal classes. The curriculum is educational and is meant to enrich your pregnancy experience. Each free session is one on one and tailored to your needs. Sessions include a 20 to 30 minute video followed by discussion with your Birthright volunteer. During your first session, you will get acquainted with your Birthright volunteer and discuss the program, your expectations, and session schedule. How far along you are in your pregnancy when you begin the program will determine how many sessions your program will include. Our main curriculum focuses on pregnancy and birth but we also offer alternative video options that address additional topics of interest to a first time parent.
Video topics include:
- prenatal care
- fetal development
- nutrition and exercise
- discomforts and hazards
- labor & birth
- comfort techniques
- newborns & postpartum
Alternative video options discuss:
- the first years last forever
- importance of father-child relationship
- quality child care
- womb multiples
- how to stop smoking now
When possible, it is encouraged to have the baby’s father participate in the program with you. We hope the Birthright Pregnancy Program will encourage and empower both of you as you make life affirming decisions for your family.
Call Birthright at 410-838-0443 to speak to one of our volunteers and schedule your first session.
What are clients saying about the Prepare to Parent Program?
- “I felt more prepared and I wasn’t afraid when I went into labor”
- “Very helpful”
- “Each step of the way I felt confident because I learned it beforehand in the program”
- “I learned a lot”
- “When I got pregnant, I didn’t know anything. I’m thankful for the Pregnancy Program”
- “I was ready when the baby was born”
Since 1973, Birthright has been serving Harford County and the surrounding area. During that time we have built up relationships with other community resources in the area. Partnering with other community organizations, we can meet many of our clients needs.
Some of the resources we refer for:
- low or no cost baby furniture
- medical assistance/insurance
- food giveaways/pantry
- professional counseling
- legal advice
- pre-natal care
- English as a Second Language Resources
- Support for abuse and addiction
While Google is a great resource, it is not always area specific. We are aware of so many resources and support that are in place for our clients and we are happy to share them with you. Call Birthright today to talk with one of our experienced client advocates to help assess your needs and how we can help.
Pregnant and Addicted?
I wanted my wife to have an abortion. I was out of work, we already had two kids and we were late on our mortgage. My wife didn’t want the abortion but I didn’t see any other way. Birthright showed us the way. My son is five and I can’t imagine life without him.
I have never forgotten how Birthright help me through my crisis. Now two years later I am a single mom of a beautiful little girl. I hope you will pass these clothes on to let others know there is always hope.
I was scared, alone and saw no way out of this mess. Then I found Birthright. I wasn’t alone anymore. They walked with me and held my hand. They gave me hope that things would get better. Thank God for Birthright.
Seventeen years ago I was in a crisis pregnancy and there were caring people at Birthright to help me get through it. Now I feel God calling me back to Birthright to pay it forward and help others.
I didn’t want to get an abortion but I felt I had no other choice. Birthright offered me the support and resources I needed to have my baby.
When my parents found out I was pregnant, they threw me out on the street. Birthright was there to pick me up and help me find a place to stay and materials to have my baby.
I was ashamed when I called Birthright. My daughter had run off and left her baby with me. I didn’t know what to do and I’ve never had to ask for help from anyone. You never treated me bad. You never judged me. I’m so glad I called.
I came to Birthright 9 months pregnant and living in my car. Birthright took me in when no family or friends would. It has taken me years to get my act together. I could not have done it without Birthright being at my side the whole way.
It feels so good to know that there are wonderful people like Birthright in this world that help others. You don’t know how much you are appreciated. Things have been financially stressful but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Thanks for always being just a phone call away. You’re the only one who seems to mean it when you say you’ll help.
I just want to say thank you so much for caring. I praise God to have Birthright in my life. Thank you for all the gifts and for coming to my house when my son was sick.
How did you know? How did you know to call just when I needed you? My husband beats on me, my family turns away from me, but you are always there. You are more than Birthright. You are my friend. I love you.
Thank you for always being just a phone call away. You’re the only one who seems to mean it when you say you will help.
My son would not be alive today if it wasn’t for Birthright. I didn’t have to sacrifice my education or career to have him either. Birthright helped me through the initial crisis and continued to help until I was on my feet again. The volunteers of Birthright treated me like I was family.
I am 28 years old, happily married with my own child. Each day I realize that my very existence and destiny once depended on the decisions of a frightened teenager. I’m so proud of my mom for having me.
You don’t just help people, you reach out to the hearts of the people you help and that is really special. Thank you for improving my life!
I was one of your first clients. My son is grown now and a very fine man. Thank you.
Thinking you might be pregnant is the scariest feeling in the world. I felt paralyzed and had nowhere to turn. hen a friend told me about Birthright. I got a free pregnancy test right in their office and was so relieved that it was negative. The volunteer never judged me, she was supportive and kind.
I thought I was completely alone in the world – and then I called Birthright. The hope you gave me that night, and in the coming months, turned my crisis into joy.