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Mom Starts Here is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties in Upstate New York. We walk with Capital region families along their parenting journey, providing support for the internal and external needs of parents, enabling them to show up their best for themselves and their children.

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Marissa’s Story

Some people said my life ended when I had a baby but really my life had just begun. "You didn't take away from my future, you gave me a new one". marrisaI had just graduated high school a few short months ago and had already started my path to becoming an RN. I was 17 years old on that May morning where I woke up feeling "different" in my heart and in my gut. What happened next was something that we could've never expected. A test reading "pregnant". Could that be right? At 17 and 18 years old we were faced with the biggest decision of our lives but in our hearts we knew instantly what to do. There is no "perfect time" to have a baby. Support varied- we had people who were as passionate and committed to this baby as we were and others who wanted nothing to do with us or our decision but at the end of the day that was exactly what it was. Our decision.
2016-04-01T17:41:02+00:00
Some people said my life ended when I had a baby but really my life had just begun. "You didn't take away from my future, you gave me a new one". I had just graduated high school a few short months ago and had already started my path to becoming an RN. I was 17 years old on that May morning where I woke up feeling "different" in my heart and in my gut. What happened next was something that we could've never expected. A test reading "pregnant". Could that be right? At 17 and 18 years old we were faced with the biggest decision of our lives but in our hearts we knew instantly what to do. There is no "perfect time" to have a baby. Support varied- we had people who were as passionate and committed to this baby as we were and others who wanted nothing to do with us or our decision but at the end of the day that was exactly what it was. Our decision.

MARISSA’S STORY continued

Even on our worst day and our longest night I don't wish for a second we had chosen differently. marrisaSomething happens to you when you become a mother. A bond and sense of selflessness are created and nothing else truly matters. We have since bought a house, found careers, welcomed another baby, and are getting married in a few short months. Getting pregnant at any age is a journey, and yours is just beginning. Mom Starts Here is an organization for young mothers who need empowerment and support in their choices, but the choice is always yours.

-Marissa
2016-04-01T17:44:48+00:00
Even on our worst day and our longest night I don't wish for a second we had chosen differently. Something happens to you when you become a mother. A bond and sense of selflessness are created and nothing else truly matters. We have since bought a house, found careers, welcomed another baby, and are getting married in a few short months. Getting pregnant at any age is a journey, and yours is just beginning. Mom Starts Here is an organization for young mothers who need empowerment and support in their choices, but the choice is always yours. -Marissa

NIKKI’s Story

I will never forget the day I found out I was pregnant. I was living in a one bedroom apartment living paycheck to paycheck. How could I support another human being? How could I be responsible for providing the best life possible for my baby? Needless to say I was absolutely terrified. Looking back on that day while holding my happy amazing 3 month old reminds me that I wouldn't have traded that for anything!

nikkiMom Starts Here provides hope to those who think their life is over because of an unplanned pregnancy. Unplanned pregnancy was the best thing to ever happen to me. I've accomplished more goals now then I ever did before. I'm not just doing things for me anymore, but for my son as well and that is the most amazing feeling.

-Nikki
2016-05-03T04:36:40+00:00
I will never forget the day I found out I was pregnant. I was living in a one bedroom apartment living paycheck to paycheck. How could I support another human being? How could I be responsible for providing the best life possible for my baby? Needless to say I was absolutely terrified. Looking back on that day while holding my happy amazing 3 month old reminds me that I wouldn't have traded that for anything! Mom Starts Here provides hope to those who think their life is over because of an unplanned pregnancy. Unplanned pregnancy was the best thing to ever happen to me. I've accomplished more goals now then I ever did before. I'm not just doing things for me anymore, but for my son as well and that is the most amazing feeling. -Nikki