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Post-Partum Depression: It’s a Real Thing

Post-Partum Depression: It’s a Real Thing
“Congratulations! Here’s your beautiful little girl!” I reach out my arms and my cheeks widen to the tips of my ears like a little girl being handed a slice of cake. The nurse gently passes a wiggly bundle of blankets the size of a loaf of bread into the nook of my...

Confidence for the Future

Confidence for the Future
My name is Brittany, and I became a mom at the age of 18 to my amazing daughter Brielle. Finding out I was going to be a teen mom meant motherhood with more challenges; after all, I am still learning and growing myself. I am a full-time college student working towards...

What I Would Tell My Teenage Self

What I Would Tell My Teenage Self
Being a teenage mother is difficult to say the least. At any age it’s challenging being a mother, but when you’re young, you are still growing and learning — and you may not have the financial means or family support to raise a child on your own. Those are some...

Keep Fighting

Keep Fighting
Many people look at me with a stunned look when I tell them I was a teen mom. In fact, many people are truly in denial when I tell them I was just 16 when I got pregnant with my daughter — who is now nine years old. When I ask people why they are so surprised,...

Always a Teen Mom

Always a Teen Mom
Scars of abuse and bias run deep.  Finishing my senior year of high school, I found myself pregnant with my daughter at 17 years old. Like many of the moms you’ll meet at Hope House, I also faced leaving an abusive boyfriend, judgement and fear. As the non-familial...

In Transition

In Transition
Alex, 19, & Alayna, 3. Alex and her daughter Alayna live in the Residential Program at Hope House, where Alex is working hard toward self-sufficiency. At 38 weeks into the program, she is enjoying life as a teen mom in new, different and challenging ways. How did...