A tragic story unfolded yesterday in Salt Lake City concerning a young woman and her newborn child. Not knowing all the circumstances and tugging on our most primitive desires to protect innocent lives, many have been quick to judge and condemn this young mother. Women and young girls become pregnant for a variety of reasons — some planned, some unplanned and some due to trauma. Whatever the reason, women are highly vulnerable during this time and need as much support as possible. This not only benefits the Mom-to-be but the developing fetus as well.
If you or someone you know is pregnant and needs someone to talk to, ask questions, explore options, seek safety and shelter, or has any other needs, The Healing Group is always ready to help in the capacity we can, and/or will be happy to assist in directing those in need to the appropriate resources. And while we acknowledge the many readers outside the Salt Lake or Utah area, these numbers and websites can still be utilized to find resources in your area.
Additionally, most states now have some sort of Safe Haven law in place which allows an infant to be safely taken to designated shelters anonymously and with no questions asked.
In the meantime, here are a few numbers and websites to have on hand:
- Pregnancy Risk Line800.822.2229
- Postpartum Support Warm Line 800.944.4PPD (1-800-944-4773)
- Breastfeeding Support 800. LALECHE (1-800-525-3243)
- Baby Your Baby 800.826.9662
- Domestic Violence Info 800.897.5465
- Child Care Resource Line 866.GET. HUGS (1-866-438-4847)
- Baby Watch Intervention 800.961.4226
Calls are confidential and can be anonymous.
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