Sorting through Your Unplanned Pregnancy

October 27th, 2009

1228123_pregnancyIf you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, it can be scary and sometimes unsettling. For some, it is a place full of confusion. But, it doesn’t have to be. It can be a time of self-understanding, self-acceptance, and introspection. It is a time to delve into and analyze how you see your life a few months and then a few years down the road. In order to fully comprehend and make an informed decision, here are some things you can do: Take Time for Yourself: First things first. Take time to think and to feel. Find an empty, quiet place to do this. Take as much time as you need. The first step is to accept that you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Once… [more]

Teen Pregnancy in the Spotlight Once Again

September 4th, 2008

It seems that once again unplanned pregnancy and teen pregnancy is in the spotlight as the news of the unplanned pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s (the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate) came to light. I honestly debated whether or not I wanted to write about this. The media is reporting on this a lot at the moment but I also think that there are lessons to learn and things to think about as a result of this situation becoming public. First of all, I feel sorry for Bristol Palin. If you have experienced an unplanned pregnancy your self, I’m sure you can relate to the overwhelming feelings that you experience with an unplanned pregnancy. It’s hard enough to be young, experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, and having to deal with… [more]

Teen Pregnancy Storyline in ABC Soap Opera

March 17th, 2008

Teen pregnancy seems to have been in the news a lot lately with the unplanned pregnancy announcement of sixteen year old Nickelodeon star, Jamie Lynn Spears and all the talk about the film Juno which is about a teen who experiences an unplanned pregnancy and then places her baby for adoption. Now, the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live, will be featuring their own teenage unplanned pregnancy storyline. According to a producer from One Life to Live they were already working on the unplanned pregnancy storyline before Jamie Lynn Spears made her announcement. The story line revolves around sixteen year old character Starr Manning who is played by an actress of the same age, Kristen Alderson. Starr and her seventeen year old boyfriend, Cole (who… [more]

Teen Pregnancy Ad Campaign

June 9th, 2007

Teen Pregnancy is considered an epidemic is this nation and more teenagers get pregnant in Milwaukee than just about anywhere else in the United States. Milwaukee is one of the top ten cities in the United States with the highest percentage of births to teen mothers, 6th in the nation to be exact. The long term cost of a Milwaukee teen having a baby is over $79,000 dollars. The ramifications of teen pregnancy are never ending. Girls born to teen mothers are 83% more likely to become teen mothers themselves and children of teen mothers are more likely to drop out of high school prior to graduation themselves. But part of the problem is that teen pregnancy is becoming so accepted that few people seemed concerned with it anymore. It’s… [more]

In the News: Proposed Bill in Texas Hopes to Reduce Teen Pregnancies

March 28th, 2007

Every 10 minutes in Texas a teenager becomes pregnant. A new proposed bill would attempt to help reduce the epidemic of teenage pregnancies, educate women on sexually transmitted diseases, creating an outreach program to let women know what is available to them in the state, and changing how funds are spent. This bill would provide the school systems with more funding to alter their sex education classes. The sex education classes would focus more on prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and the use of contraception. The bill would also launch an outreach program to educate women about sexually transmitted diseases and the resources available to them in the state, such as free contraceptives through health departments and sexually transmitted disease information and prevention… [more]

Teen Pregnancy 4 – Conclusion

August 20th, 2006

If you had asked me a few years back, my opinions on teen pregnancy, I would have probably been a little negative thinking that a teen parent could not possibly have the patience and financial abilities to properly provide and care for a newborn. I probably would have thought adoption might be a better option for that child. However, my opinions have been greatly changed by a little man named Landon. s;eepy Landon was born to my nephew, T, and his girlfriend, LA. My nephew is seventeen and his girlfriend is sixteen. He is a senior in high school and she is a junior. Sure, it would have been more ideal if they had waited until they were older to become parents but… [more]

Teen Pregnancy – Part 3

August 19th, 2006

Yesterday I shared the story of a pregnant teenager who chose to parent her son. Today, I will share Jenifer’s story, a pregnant teenager who chose adoption. jenh Jen was 17 when she became pregnant. Her boyfriend broke up with her during the pregnancy because he was so scared. Jenifer ended up placing her daughter in a semi-open adoption. Did you consider all your options or did you immediately think adoption when you found out you were pregnant? A lot of family members were pushing for abortion, but it was just something I couldn’t do. My dad even started to find articles with headings like “Woman dies giving birth” to try and scare me out of having the child. I knew in… [more]

Teen Pregnancy – Part 2

August 18th, 2006

In continuing with the teen pregnancy series, today I’d like to share the story of a teen mom. 2 Meet Tabitha Tabitha became pregnant for the first time at 16 years old. She married her high school sweetheart while she was pregnant. She gave birth to her son two days after her 17th birthday in 1997. She freely shares the triumphs and tribulations of being a teen mom with us. Did you consider adoption? For about 1 hour on a very bad day. Neither of us could find jobs and money was scarce. Adoption was an unselfish thought and back then I was thinking selfishly and wanted this baby. I don't think we thought of the baby at all; although if you asked me… [more]

Teen Pregnancy Statistics

August 17th, 2006

I’ve heard teen pregnancy considered an “epidemic” before. According to trends, reports, and statistics more and more teens are becoming sexually active which leads to more teens becoming pregnant. It’s a good possibility that if you are in an unplanned pregnancy and reading this blog, you could be a teenager. I though it would be interesting to explore teen teen pregpregnancy and talk with a teen that parented as a teenager as well as a teen that has placed a child for adoption. So I’ll be beginning a series on teen pregnancy over the next few posts/days. As always the nerd in me comes out and I must begin with the numbers and statistics to lead up to the personal stories. Statistics on Teen… [more]