Teen Pregnancy

By: Lauren, Jackie, Ella, Elizabeth and Pierce

Why is it Important?

Teen Pregnancy is a very big deal in Virginia, but also everywhere in the United States. It is something important to discuss because there are many different problems resulting from teen pregnancy. Many dads leave their babies alone and their mom to take care of them, and usually, teen moms have a second child!

COMPLICATIONS

Parent Problems

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.


Child Problems

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.



SOLUTION

Think before you Act!

We believe that teens need to be educated about the consequences of having a baby as a teen. They need to understand all of the problems that they and their child will face if they have a kid. Most teens don't think about how it is going to affect their lives and change their way of living. We believe that if teens are more aware of complications of having a baby, then they will change their minds. Through education, the teen pregnancy rate has steadily declined since 1991, when the rate was 117 per 1,000 teens.