By: Lauren, Jackie, Ella, Elizabeth and Pierce
Why is it Important?
Most teens don’t think about the consequences of having a baby. They end up having to drop out of school to take care of their baby. Therefore less than two percent of teen moms earn a college degree by the age of thirty. This leads to poverty since the parent or parents can't find jobs that can support their family. Another problem with teen pregnancy is teens think having a baby will hake their relationship stronger, but the fact is eight out of ten fathers don't even marry the mother of their child.
About twenty five percent of teen moms have a second child within twenty four months of their first baby.
Children born to teen moms face more health problems compared to children of older mothers. They have a higher risk of being born prematurely and having a low birth rate. Children born to teenage mothers are more likely to have problems in school. Kids born to a teen mom also have a much higher chance of becoming a teen mom/dad themselves. Sons of teen mom are twice as likely to go to prison. Also, children who live apart from their fathers are fives times more likely to be poor compared to children who have both parents at home.