By Patricia Thao
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What exactly is teen pregnancy?
Teen pregnancy is considered to be pregnant girls at the age of 15-19. Sometimes, the age ratio could be lower.
Why is teen pregnancy a concern in the U.S.?
Our society has grown to the point where people are acknowledging that teen pregnancy does and is still occurring. That is the reason why the government, schools, and programs offer different contraceptive options, pregnancy information, and health services. But what determines the teen pregnancy rate is the teenagers themselves. Despite that our society promotes teen pregnancy in a negative point of view, there are a lot of media and social promotions of sexual activity. Therefore, as curious as teenagers are about their body and sexuality, it is really up to that individual to stay protected or not.
Also, it’s not just teen pregnancy that people are trying to prevent. But with teenager’s sexual activities, things like STDs and transferable diseases are a concern too.
Take in mind that teen pregnancy in the U.S. has decreased over the years.
“In 2011, a total of 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 31.3 per 1,000 women in this age group.1 This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 8% from 2010. Birth rates fell 11% for women aged 15–17 years, and 7% for women aged 18–19 years. While reasons for the declines are not clear, teens seem to be less sexually active, and more of those who are sexually active seem to be using birth control than in previous years.”
What are the choices pregnant teens can choose with the available choices?
Everyone has their own opinion about what pregnant teenagers should do with their unborn baby. There are options out there if they decide to keep their baby or not. Despite the choice the mother makes, there are positive and negative consequences on both sides.
1. Born and raise the child.
Remember that if you are a pregnant teen and decide to give birth, you are committed to giving your child support and care.
If you decide to abort your baby, try to do it early in the pregnancy because there will be less health risks. There are many abortion clinics that will help you with consultation and the process.
This means that you are willingly putting your child up for adoption after you give birth to your baby.
What should pregnant teens talk about with their family and partner?
Pregnant teens should talk to their family and partner. Regardless of what people might say, it’s wise to know who can support your choices.
With pregnant teenagers’ partner, the two individual should discuss about what kind of life they both want. There might be some difference in thoughts, but the couple should come to a conclusion. Whether the pregnant teenager’s partner choose to leave or stay, there are people and programs that will help to make the right choice.
With families, pregnant teens should explain the “how, what, why, how” situation to the parent’s firsthand. Family is there to support and love. Being afraid is normal, but they’ll know eventually.
How to stay protected from teen pregnancy?
1. Abstinence – Just don’t have sex at all.
2. Use protection (if you decide to be sexual active)!!! – It can be condoms, pill, and IUDs, etc. Being and staying protected will reduce pregnancy by 96%-99%. You can go to school clinics, drug stores, health clinics, and websites for contraceptive options.
Make sure not to put yourself at risk. Stay protected.
By Doua Moua
I cry like a wild river
And I shatter to pieces like broken glass
I fade away with memories that I have to make
But with memories that I can’t forsake
But for future that I will take.
By Mary Jane Latu
I am lonely…
Why am I lonely?
I am a good girl
I have good grades
But still I am lonely
I have friends
We hang out at the mall
Call each other and go out for movies
But still I am lonely.
I have a boyfriend that care about me
But still I AM LONELY
Why am I SO LONELY!!!
Maybe I am lonely is because I have my child.
By Phoua Khang
and help from
Gao Hli Yang
tummy was seen;
and of course,
wedding at 16.
Yes, by force.
Life is ruined,
Just a wife,
W/a great shame.
Can’t face any parents.
Not even their selves.
Cause of their race,
Sad deaths be up their shelves.
– my experience I saw
my Hmong friend…and
By Teresa Her, Panhia Lor, Mai Choua Thao, Dia Her, Anna Her
Every thought & fear coming in & out from deep w/in the heart
Still trying to figure how & what to play in this part,
Trying to figure some ways to motivate themselves
But…how they gonna start, the babies near.
How long it would take before it end out of
The pains and stress it’s making me.
Every thought & fear coming in & out from
Deep with in the heart
Staring, but you see nothing, but blue thru your tears
Wanting to cry, but there’s too much pain
To let it all out
Scars in your heart from all your regrets
You dream of still being pure back in da day
Wake up in the morning & there the pain comes back
So every night she dreams
& every morning she faces reality!
Teen Pregnancy Factsheet
- According to the CDC, 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15-19 in 2011 in the United States.
- However, 2011 was also the year of lowest recorded birthrate in 70 years of tracking adolescent childbirth.
- But the U.S. rate of adolescent pregnancy is still the highest amongst the most developed countries in the world, and is twice as high as the rates in Australia and Canada.
- Approximately 82% of teen pregnancies are unintended, and they accounted for 1/5th of all accidental pregnancies in the U.S. in 2006, according to Planned Parenthood.
- There are also many racial disparities in teen pregnancy, seen on the right (from the CDC).
- Adolescent mothers are: more likely to have lower family incomes, more likely to be poor and receive public assistance, likely to be less educated, less likely to get married.
- Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and risk of pregnancy.
- However, some adolescents may choose to engage in intercourse, which is totally fine!
- There are several ways to protect yourself, but they have varying degrees of successful prevention.
- These are only a few ways to reduce the risk of pregnancy. There are several other options not shown to the left, and it’s very important to find out which one is the best option for you. Whether it fits into your lifestyle, its convenience, its effectiveness, its cost and whether it is a safe option for you are crucial considerations.
In the Event of Pregnancy
- Solutions to the pregnancy that teens commonly choose are adoption, abortion, or keeping the baby. It is crucial to decide which one is the best option for you and your family, should you decide to involve them.
- Abortion is an option and does not make you any less moral should you choose to take it.
- If you choose to keep the baby, you do not have to give up on a college education. You might have family willing to take the baby in, but there are options to get into college even if you choose to care for it yourself.
- Teen mothers are often shamed for having engaged in sexual intercourse, however it is not your fault and it is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s important to build a supportive network of people who understand this.
- How you handle the pregnancy is your choice, and you get the final say.
Things to Remember
- Be aware of the risks of intercourse and take appropriate steps to keep yourself and your partner healthy.
- Practice safe and consensual sex! Only engage in it when you and your partner feel emotionally prepared.