Teen Pregnancy Did you know that 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20? That's about 745,000 teen pregnancies each year. Yikes. Teen pregnancy rates are a huge issue in the United States and needs to be put under control. There are many theories to why this has become such an issue with young teens but only a teen would truly know. The past few years teen pregnancy has not only been glamourized but it has also been a way for young girls to “make it big” on different television shows. Therefore young girls look at it as a “great opportunity.” Young ladies should be trying to get on television for great achievements such as high test scores or making the winning shot at the basketball game not because they are 16 and pregnant. Society has changed the way some teens look at life. A lot of teens don’t feel completely comfortable with talking to their parents/guardians about the precautions when being sexually active. They think their parent will not understand and will only assume and judge. “I’m young so it’s a little weird talking to my parents about sex,” says local teen mom, Brenda. Brenda says she plans on being very open with her daughter once she gets to the appropriate age. She also plans to inform her daughter about the risks of being sexually active without protection. It is proven that there will be higher chances of your child becoming a teen parent if you were one. A lot of the time it has to do with teens not having the ideal great relationship with their parents. I asked one of my friends who is also a teen mom if her parents ever talked to her about the precautions of having sex. She told me her parents weren’t even informed she was sexually active at the time. Trust and communication has a lot to do with it as well. But no teen wants to be embarrassed and when talking to their parents about topics such as sex, drugs, etc. things get to be embarrassing to some sensitive teens. Statistics show that when a parent and their child have an open relationship there are less chances of the child “rebelling.” A lot of the time the young teen thinks she is not only in love but also thinks that a baby will keep her and her boyfriend together forever but that’s not always the case. You may think having a baby will make your relationship even stronger, but the fact is 8 out of 10 fathers don't marry the mother of their child. Those numbers are crazy! I think a lot of it has to do with young teen boys’ maturity level. Only few young fathers will actually step up and truly take responsibility for their actions. Most teens go through that insecure phase at least once in their lifetime. Different teens have different ways of handling it. In some cases teens think that bringing a new life into the world will cure it all. A lot of teen girls feel alone, lost, and unloved. They want to give their baby something they never had. They want to be loved by that baby and when no one else is there to love them their baby will always be. They don’t understand the reality of it all though. Teens don’t realize all the hard work, dedication, and cost that come with being a teen parent. A pack of diapers costs $10+ compared to a pack of condoms for over half that price. There are doctor bills, formula, clothing, shelter, and tons more you will need for your child. Most teens barely can afford to support themselves. Every teen pregnancy costs about 9 billion dollars each year in the U.S. Working on a minimum wage will not support all those costs. To have a higher paying job means having a good education. Teen pregnancy affects education - only a third of teen mothers earn their high school diploma. And only 1.5% has a
There are many causes that put teenagers at risk for pregnancy at an early age. Some of these causes are; social economic class, certain ethnic groups, teens born to teen mothers, single mother homes. As a society we know who is at risk, now we have to do a little education to these groups to decrease the teen pregnancy rates.
The teen mother and the baby are at high risk for complication during pregnancy. The mother can be pre-disposed to pregnancy induced hypertension, low birth weight, preterm labor…
Teenage Pregnancy, Why is this Important
Kimberly O. Johnson
American Sentinel University
Nursing 505: Theoretical Foundations
Dr. Ami Bhatt
Teenage Pregnancy: Why is this Important
Teen pregnancy is a critical public health issue that affects the health and educational, social and economic future of the mother and child. Teen pregnancy is also a significant factor in numerous other important social issues: welfare dependency, out-of-wedlock births…
teen pregnancy has one of the highest birth rates ever
Did you know that nearly 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20? That's more than 700,000 teen pregnancies each year. Yikes.
So what does this mean for you? Well, you hear about teen pregnancy in movies, in the news, at school, on MTV, and from your parents. You know it's not a good idea to have a baby before you're…
pregnant? Teens, from all walks of life, always seem to want to race into adulthood regardless of the consequences. Sex is a big rite of passage for many teens. Peer pressure and glamorized television programs give the wrong impression to impressionable teens, which are not mature enough to make this type of decision. Deciding to have sex without all the information needed to be responsible, can lead to life changing results for all parties involved.
Some are saying that teaching teens about birth…
In the United States we have about 42 million teenagers. Teen pregnancy are a result of Peer
pressure and fitting in with the other girls. Majority of Babies born to teenagers. Are born to
unwed mothers. Before 1980 most teen mothers were married, after that era most teen
pregnancies were unwed. The last few decades is has declined, but, still has a high rate.
For some teenagers, they see in the tabloids…
Teen pregnancy is a growing epidemic in United States. United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy compared to other countries. In 2011 a total of 329,797 babies were born to women age 15-19. Approximately 750,000 teens get pregnant in a single year (Control Disease Center, 2013). Among those 61% is located in Berkeley County, West Virginia which is the highest rate for teen pregnancy in the state of West Virginia…
When I was younger, my sister got pregnant with her first son. Considering the fact that I was only seven years old and had no idea of the responsibility she was taking on, I was extremely excited for her. I had no idea that she was going to have to grow up so fast, the decisions that she would be faced with in those following months, or the health issues that she would have to face as well. Ashley had to choose whether or not she wanted to keep the child, have an abortion or give…
In Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “The Mother,” a woman had more than one abortion and explains how hard it is to deal with the pain. She explains that it’s a pain that will never be forgotten and how the life of unborn children was taken away at her own wishes. Taking away the life of a child, especially your own, is the most difficult and heart ripping experience. But if a young teen gets pregnant, how accessible is abortion or any other alternative plans? How can a young teen with such…
How teen pregnancies affect our society?
Miami Dade College
Everyday a teen girl in the U.S. is faced with the hardest decisions she will have to make, and I am not talking about what she will wear to school. This decision will change the course of her whole life all her dreams and aspirations will now be placed on hold. She has just
found out she is pregnant. Teen pregnancy is defined as teenaged or under aged girls from 13-19 years…
Self-Advocacy on Teen Pregnancy
I was pregnant at age fifteen. My mother raised all six of her children by herself. My mother had to work hard to put food on the table and made sure the bills were paid. Having so many responsibilities, she left her children tending to themselves. I learned about sex and contraception from friends. Sex was the talk in school and having a baby was the thing to do because it made teens feel grown up. Teen pregnancy was a difficult…