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Former prostitute, crack addict now 'Brenda the Mommy'

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Brenda Hamilton had been in and out of rehab more than once. “I wanted to get off drugs,” she says, “but I wasn’t ready until I got pregnant.”

At age 43, Hamilton was pregnant for the second time. “I wanted this baby,” she said. "It was my ‘way out.’” She went to Crossroads, in Windham, which she said is a very good program. She was an inpatient at the facility. It was there that she weaned herself off the drugs. “It took me having a baby to turn my life around.”

Mary-Ellen Welch remembers seeing Hamilton wheeling her baby around the neighborhood and says she was always impressed with the obvious care and love that was showered on the child. “She always looked beautiful, clean, and happy,” says Welch. And she had seen too many babies that didn’t fall into that category when she had been a caseworker at DHHS in the Child Protective Division.

Looking back at her former life, Hamilton says, “I’d never want to go back. I like what I have now. Now I got a job, a license, a car, and money in the bank.” And she has her precious daughter, the most important part of her new life.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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