Birthright Mission Statement
It is the right of every pregnant woman
to give birth,
and the right of every child
to be born.
Parenting Tips from a Birthright Mom
At the age of 19, Latoya first came to Birthright of Bergen County confused, lost and unsure on how to handle the challenges ahead of her. In May 2016, twenty-one years later, she returned to our Birthright Center as the proud mom of a son who gradauted from a top-ranked university with an engineering degree. She also graduatied from college last May with a degree in Psychology and Christian Counseling. Now a Birthright voluntter, Latoya shares her parenting wisdom :
Education is Key – Start educating your kids on their first day. Talk to them as a real person, not with baby talk. When they’re babies, talk to them throughout the day and explain what you’re doing. Even though they may not understand immediately, it is helping their brains develop. Read to them as much as you can. Limit screen time. Enroll them in preschool. Look for scholarship opportunities, like NJ SEEDS. Supplement with after-school learning programs, if possible. Form a Connection with Your Child – Create an open atmosphere with them so they’re not scared to come to you when there is a problem. Listen to your child. Remind them it’s better to deal with a small problem before it becomes a big problem.
Achieve More by Making To-Do Lists– Make a “To Do” list every night before you go to bed. This will organize your priorities for the next day and help you sleep better now that you have them out of your head and on paper. Write down your small and big “To Dos”. Crossing off even the smallest task will keep you moving through your list and motivated.
Budget Your Money – Have part of your paycheck directly deposited into a savings account and the other part given to you directly for monthly spending on food, clothes, home, etc. Save money by limiting eating out to once a month.
Stay Strong on Your Rules – When we’re tired and working many hours -- with often limited time to spend with our kids -- it’s easy to give in on our rules, but in the long run it will pay off to stay strong. Explain rules to kids so they understand. For example, sweets are limited so you don’t get cavities, gain too much weight or get diabetes, etc.
Get Kids to Bed Early – Maintain a routine schedule and early bedtime for your kids. Insufficient sleep can have a negative impact, especially for kids with developing brains. Not getting enough sleep can affect their mood, behavior, their ability to concentrate and study, their appetite and weight, etc.
Prep the Night Before – Do as much as possible the night before. While you prepare their lunches and wash and iron their clothes, have them shower or take a bath and pick out their outfits before they go to sleep.
Keep them Busy – Get them involved in activities to keep them busy and out of trouble. Keep an eye out for activities and sports offered through your schools, recreation centers, library, churches, parks, etc. Town programs are often free or low-cost.
Share Your Concerns – If you’re worried about something reach out to your family and friends and share your concerns or frustrations to get input from them. Often times others have dealt with a similar issue and may provide solutions or refer you to someone else for ideas.
Pray – Remember you are not alone in this world. Pray for help and guidance. Just have a conversation with God. Start by thanking him for another day. Talk to him like a normal person. He knows what you need. You just need to ask him. Then you need to do everything in your power to work toward fulfilling that request. Leave the rest in God’s hands.
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Birthright of Bergen County Expands Educational Offerings
To Assist Mothers in Need, Birthright of Bergen County Welcomes
Donations of New and Used “What to Expect” Books
MAYWOOD, NJ– April 2017 – Birthright of Bergen County (birthright.org/Maywood) invites expectant mothers in need who face an unplanned pregnancy to go “back to school” as the center announces the expansion of its own educational programs for moms in need. Located in Maywood, N.J., Birthright is a crisis pregnancy center offering assistance to women facing an unplanned pregnancy, many of whom are teen mothers and young first-time Moms from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The center’s new offerings include: expanded library of educational videos, including “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” by renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp and new informational packets with information on pregnancy, child development and parenting. “As we know babies don’t come with their own manuals, so parenting education and counseling is essential, especially for young women who may be facing the challenge of single motherhood,” said the Co-Directors of Birthright of Bergen County. “We welcome these mothers to visit our center. We’re a listening ear and a helping hand at a time of crisis.”
In its attempt to help as many women as possible, Birthright encourages community members to donate new or gently used “What to Expect When You're Expecting”, “What to Expect the First Year” books by Heidi Murkoff along with other books about pregnancy and child development. They can bring the books to the Birthright office, located at 19 W. Pleasant Ave., Maywood, NJ.
Birthright assists young women in various ways.The center offers free confidential pregnancy testing, information on fetal development, guidance for finding medical care as well as referrals for housing solutions, community services, daycare and legal advice. It also provides parenting education, maternity clothes, baby clothes and baby care items. In addition, the center offers information about community resources to help new Moms.
Birthright's mission is to guard"the right of every pregnant woman to give birth, and the right of every child to be born." Birthright of Bergen County is open 10am - 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and the first Saturday of every month. For more information, call (201) 845-4646 or the 24/7 toll-free helpline at 1-800-550-4900, visit birthright.org/Maywood or email the center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthright of Bergen County is a local chapter of Birthright International. Birthright is a non-profit charitable organization that has been providing love and support for more than 45 years to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Operating nearly 300 chapters across Canada, the United States and Africa, as well as a 24/7 North America toll-free Helpline, Birthright is supported by devoted volunteers and private donations.
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Birthright of Bergen County Celebrates 43 Years!
Since our Birthright Center in Maywood opened in Aug. 1973, we have been providing love, support and hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Birthright of Bergen County is part of Birthright Interntional which operates nearly 300 locations worldwide, and also offers a 24/7 helpline.
Did You Know?.....
This year Birthright of Bergen County welcomed over 100 new clients ranging in age from 16 to 40.
Each year, Birthright of Maywood provides hundreds of packages of clothes and diapers and supplies to new clients and existing clients.
Birhtright is staffed completely by volunteers, and all donations go directly to benefit wmen and their babies.
Birthright volunteers provide emotional support to pregnant women by offering a listening heart, hope, and the assurance that women facing crisis pregnancy are not alone.
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS !
Birthright of Maywood is currently looking for volunteers. Birthright welcomes voluneters of any age, gender, race or religion who believe firmly in the Birthright philosophy and have a sincere desire to help pregnant women. Providing emotional support and practical help to women is always the first priority of Birthright volunteers.
Office (peer counselor) volunteers handle a variety of phone calls and help women who come into the office.
Some volunteers also choose to donate their time in other capacities such as sorting baby and maternity items, cleaning, gardening, administrative work, assisting with school or community giving campaigns, translating, etc.
We greatly appreciate financial donations.
We are always in need of donations of diapers (size NB-5), new baby clothing (sizes NB to 3T), and new babycare items including wipes, shampoo, bottles, pacifiers etc.
Please call the office at (201) 845-4646 or send an email using the contact button on the left side of the web page if you are interested in volunteering.