Teen Pregnancy Awareness

Shanny O & Nadia V

Teen Pregnancy Facts

· Teenage pregnancy statistics. America has the highest teen pregnancy rate there is – twice as high as the teen pregnancy rate in Canada and England, and a whopping ten times higher than that of Switzerland!

· It’s a cycle. Statistically speaking, teen mothers who give birth to girls are more than likely to see their daughters become teen mothers; at the same time, teen mothers who give birth to boys are highly likely to see their sons end up living life in a prison.

· The importance of contraceptives. One of the reasons for our high teenage pregnancy rate is the fact that Americans seem to be so squeamish about sex education and contraception. Studies show that 90 percent of all teenage girls who are sexually active and who don’t use protection will become pregnant!

· The media message. Six out of ten teenagers feel pressure to have sex and much of this pressure is due to messages delivered through the media. Although we can’t blame everything on the media, it can’t be denied that the media is a causal factor. Who can we blame? We are the people who give the media power, and who determine what is popular in the media. We can only blame ourselves and it is up to us to bring change.

· What it is costing us. In addition to costing our teenagers their youth, teenage pregnancy costs the government over nine billion dollars a year! Who pays this price? We, the taxpayers, do.

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· Teen pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby.

· Often, teens don't get prenatal care soon enough, which can lead to problems later on.

· They have a higher risk for pregnancy-related high blood pressure and its complications. Risks for the baby include premature birth and a low birth weight.

Help your baby

  • Prenatal care
  • Taking your prenatal vitamins for your health and to prevent some birth defects
  • Avoiding smoking, alcohol, and drugs
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Being a teen parent can influence your child’s future by being . . .

  • Less likely to finish high school;
  • More likely to rely on public assistance;
  • More likely to be poor as adults; and
  • More likely to have children who have poorer educational, behavioral, and health outcomes over the course of their lives than do kids born to older parents.

Other important facts

  • 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year.
  • Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school. Aid young parents by starting a Babysitters Club so they can take GED classes.
  • About 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby.
  • Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30.
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