Bucharest, October 7, 2021
The Romanian Orthodox Church’s St. Alexandra the Empress Counseling Center for Parents and Children opened on October 1, 2017.
Since then, the center has supported more than 750 pregnant women and mothers with several children, reports the Basilica News Agency.
The center offers free psychological counseling, therapy, support groups, breastfeeding classes, emergency material help, items for childbirth, money for rent and medical services, and mentoring and education for mothers.
“Institutional support for pregnant women is a challenging path,” said Alexandra Nadane, Executive Director of the Association for the Support of Pregnant Women and the Family, the organization that founded the center.
“But nothing compares to the joy we all experience when a mother sends us pictures from the maternity ward with her baby,” she continued.
And it’s not just the mothers and children who are helped through the center. Often, the volunteers and employees gain just as much.
“I’m deeply grateful to every woman who has allowed me to be with her,” says Bogdana Fati, a psychologist at the center. “On various festive occasions when I see the mothers I have helped and their children, I feel like I’m part of a family and that there’s a soul connection that remains over time.”
On August 16, 2020, the Association for the Support of Pregnant Women and the Family opened a second center in Bucharest, named in honor of Empress St. Helen.