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A Would-Be Texas Rancher Says Her Dream is to Build a Homestead for Single Pregnant Moms with Children

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WASHINGTON, DC, Nov 18 — Texas, the land of ranches, has spawned a new kind of ranch — the maternity ranch.  It’s the brainchild of Aubrey Schlackman of the town of Argyle, a little more than 40 miles outside of Dallas.  And it is called Blue Haven Ranch, a place for struggling single pregnant mothers who are in need and who want an alternative to abortion.

“I see it as a community where we’d live with these moms and just do life.  There are other programs out there in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and they all have their niche.  With ours, we focus on single pregnant mothers who already have children.  We’d take them in at any time during their pregnancy and continue helping them up to a year postpartum.  We want them to be independent when they are done.  We figure, if we are going to do something like this, we want to do it long enough and the right way so that every woman we help has a stronger future.”

It’s been more than a year now since Aubrey had a “vision” of what she says she had to do.  During that period of time, she’s made considerable progress in making Blue Haven Ranch a reality. 

Now, two months after Texas enacted a controversial law banning the abortion of pregnancies after about six weeks; the Supreme Court has still not acted to overturn what is known as the Texas “heartbeat law” in recognition that the first heartbeats of a fetus usually can be heard in the space of a month and a half.  The law is still in place despite extraordinary efforts of pro-abortion forces to have it overturned, but abortion advocates are not about to give up on reinstating their so-called right to terminate pregnancies at will.  But, while the ban might increase the need for the service that Blue Bonnet Ranch, pregnant single moms will still need help.  And so, Aubrey is not likely to give up.  She may not have the brick-and-mortar facilities that she would like to have at her disposal, but she is coping and is already providing hope for the women who need it.

A local newspaper, The Cross Timbers Gazette, profiled Aubrey and her quest not long ago and described what she is doing as “life-changing.”  Noting that while she continues to fund the full establishment of her Blue Bonnet facility, she is making every effort to use the resources she already has to help.  For example, the paper says that one mother who is getting help from Aubrey and her colleagues “has two children and is expected to need a cesarean section when she delivers her baby.  Sadly, she cleans houses for a living and had shared with Aubrey that she didn’t think she could take more than two weeks off from work after having her baby.  With help from Blue Haven Ranch, this mother is receiving help with bills and rent to lessen the burden so that she can take the necessary time she needs to be with her children and their new sibling.”

A lengthy special report published earlier this week in the Washington Post went into great detail about what sparked the idea of Blue Bonnet Ranch for Aubrey and the progress that she has made in making her dream come true.  The author, reporter Stephanie McCrummen, said that when she came up with the notion of building a maternity ranch, she described her ultimate goal to her husband this way: “It would be a place for struggling pregnant women who decide to have their babies instead of having abortions, a Christian haven where women could live stress-free during their newborn’s first year of life. It would have individual cottages for mothers. ‘Host homes’ for couples who would model healthy marriages.  A communal barn for meals.  Bible study.  The whole plan was clear, and when she told her husband later that night, he said, ‘Yes, this is what we’re supposed to do.'”

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Anthony Dell'Isola
9 days ago

Although it’s a nice gesture, this type of thing can only make woman less informed about becoming pregnant and where to stay. There are choices and ways to have safe reationships.

George
10 days ago

I’d really rather see men and women taking personal responsibility for birth control and safe sex and even, perhaps, abstinence rather than supporting single, pregnant women.

S Catlena
11 days ago

In our post-Christian world I sometimes wonder that we don’t hear cries for post-birth abortion up to the age of maturity. No difference. Something to think about.

Wayne Peterkin
11 days ago

Nice thought and I wish her well. Avoiding abortions is certainly a good thing. But the real solution is to teach not getting pregnant if you don’t want a baby. There are many ways to prevent pregnancy including at least one that is 100% safe, 100% effective, and free. Casual sex has consequences. A second and equally important need is to hold fathers responsible for what they helped create, forcibly if required. We would see far less of these sad pregnancies if those involved were truly held responsible for the outcome.

K. Martin
11 days ago
Reply to  Wayne Peterkin

Your post reminded me of a long-ago column by either Dear Abby or Ann Landers (can’t recall) whose advice to women to prevent pregnancy was to hold an aspirin firmly between their knees.

Sharon Ormsby
11 days ago

Used to be these types of places all over Texas and the nation. God bless her.

Helena Brus
11 days ago

Hey guys, I caught this right away..is it Blue Haven Ranch or Blue Bonnet Ranch?

AnneW
11 days ago
Reply to  Helena Brus

Yes, I’d like to know the answer too. This woman is doing a wonderful work whatever her place is called.

Myrna
11 days ago

So many old houses can have a second life. I heard of several siblings – each had outlived a husband or wife. They sold all but one house and all lived together in the one remaining house, using the money from the real estate sales to live on. Now there is a plan friends in any community could use. People who are good stewards of the lives they have can extend their arms and take care of the rest.

Adonis
11 days ago

It would also help if these young girls would learn to keep their panties up and not so casually engage in sexual activities before marriage. Too conservative of an idea?

Betty Lusinger
11 days ago
Reply to  Adonis

While you are at it, remind the men to keep their pants zipped. Not one of these women got pregnant without help.

Philip Hammersley
11 days ago

There are now more pregnancy care centers than abortion mills. And they are NOT receiving any government help, unlike PP which gets $1.5 million every day from OUR tax dollars!

Stephen Russell
11 days ago

Need this nationwide Hoorah Yes

Karen Keitzman
16 days ago

Wonderful!! Helping young moms with children at this time is so important ☺️Would like to see more homes welcome these mom’s. Truly a blessing. ????

G Slackter
16 days ago

It would be extra beneficial if she could work with state resources to provide work training programs during the postpartum yeAr to help the moms exit the ranch with better tools to provide for themselves than they went in with and also adoption agencies for those that can’t or don’t want to keep their infants

Van Robinson
11 days ago
Reply to  G Slackter

I was adopted in 1948 in Kansas City, MO. My adoptee parents were married for 13 years without having a child, so they applied at the same home in KC as their town doctor. Elkville, IL was able to receive 5 children from that home for unwed mothers. I have recently (3 years ago) found that my mother, after having me, went back home, got married and within 3 more years had 3 more children. Ancestry DNA has been able to connect me with my only surviving sister, and we try to keep in touch by phone and mail. I support this lady’s efforts!

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