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Teen Pregnancy: Resources You Can Turn To

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Teen pregnancy happens more often than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years in 2011.

As high as that number of teen births is, it's helpful to know that this is an 8 percent drop from 2010. Experts believe some of the reasons for the decline include more use of birth control and less sexually active teens.

While sexual development is a fact of life in your teen’s life, it is also important to talk to your teen about sex and the possible consequence of becoming pregnant. Many times teens do not realize the long term consequences of becoming pregnant at a very early age.

Here are just some of those potential consequences:

• Teenage pregnancy is a significant contributor to high school dropout rates among girls

• Only about 50 percent of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, versus approximately 90 percent of women who had not given birth during adolescence

• The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and drop out of high school

• Children of teen moms have more health problems

• Incarceration rates are higher among children of teen parents

• Risk of poverty is higher among children of teen parents

Educating parents and teens, youth-friendly services, and prevention programs are all keys to preventing teen pregnancy and giving children the best future possible.

In addition there are some excellent resources for pregnant teens and their parents or guardians. These include the following:

CDC’s Parent Information
This site provides information about diseases, safety in the home and community, raising healthy teens, risk behaviors and engaging parents in school health.

Planned Parenthood
Topics available here include helping teens set healthy boundaries, helping teens delay having sex, talking to an LGBT teen, and puberty 101 for parents.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Some of the topics available include talking to your sons as well as daughters about sex, tips for starting the sex conversation with your teen, and girl talk.

Advocates for Youth
This website offers a plethora of information at the parent’s sex education center. Types of information that can be found here include tips from parenting experts, tips on how to talk to your teen about sex, along with other important topics about teens and sex.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Gay, lesbian, bisexual teen issues, date rape, emergency contraception, teen parents are among some of the hard-hitting issues available at AAP.

Title X: The National Family Planning Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs (OPA) oversees and funds the Title X program which serves more than five million clients per year. OPA provides funding for more than 4,400 family planning centers throughout the United States.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 05 Sept. 2013. Web. 13 Oct. 2013.

"About Teen Pregnancy." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Nov. 2012. Web. 13 Oct. 2013.

Reviewed October 14, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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Hi my name is carnresha I gave birth to my first child at eight teeni was seven teen when I concieve I was told that everthing that was offered to me was just thrown down the drain . NOT TRUE this will be the time of proving whether your fly or fall. You made the first choice ( to have unpertected sex) . Your next choice shood be I'm going to grow up put away childish thiing a commit to being a mother. Your next choice is to say I have ten month how much can I accomplish before this child come. Commit to accomplishing it set goals for after you have the baby is born thging you want to accomplish befor the baby is five school ( collage, job, apsaving for an apartment, and always above all be a good mother take time to get to know who you are ,love who you are because the baby is a reflectio of your self as well as your partner throw out all dislikes of your partner if there is any this will help you bond with you child some women bond wright from the start and some women have difficulties bonding so make him or her yours don't beafraid to be vunerable to him or her open your eyes to see that they only know you and only want you. So woith that your goals you made will be easy to accomplish and you will have beating the stats against teens. If your first choice is yes to sex then you next choices shood be these. To top all commit your body to JESUS and allow himn to give you to your husband this way you will already be ready for a baby and know your self and your spouce.

December 16, 2013 - 1:37pm
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