Episode summary introduction:
Teen pregnancy is also known as adolescent pregnancy, starting at age 10 and ending at 19. Since teen pregnancy is substantially higher in the US compared to other industrialized nations, we thought we would go digging around to find out why. You may be wondering why this is even a problem that needs to be discussed, and we are more than happy to share that information. I think that by the time we go over our facts and stats the picture will be pretty clear.
Risk factors for Teen pregnancy are discussed.
Complications from teen pregnancy for both mother and baby are discussed.
I would like to touch on teen pregnancy from a different perspective as well. It's not widely discussed, but seems very important to me. Teen pregnancy seems to only be seen from a female perspective. What about the male perspective? How does teen pregnancy affect boys?
If you are a pregnant teen or a mother of a pregnant teen here are some resources and options that can be helpful.
Know your rights as a pregnant teen.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Your Local Health Dept.
Safe Haven Laws