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February 1, 1947

Maternity Homes for Unmarried Mothers: A Community Service

JAMA. 1947;133(5):355-356. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880050075036

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This publication of the United States Children's Bureau traces historically the efforts that have been made in the United States to provide maternity homes for unmarried mothers, and it reviews the changes that have occurred in attitudes toward this problem. The first institutions that could be considered maternity homes for unmarried mothers were founded in the middle of the nineteenth century under religious auspices or motivations. At the present time there are approximately two hundred such homes in this country. The problem is reflected by the fact that over 80,000 live births out of wedlock are reported each year for the United States. The second part of this pamphlet sets forth the point of view of the Children's Bureau as to the manner in which the maternity home can best meet the needs of these unmarried mothers and their infants, and the suggestions offered are intended primarily for those who

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