iOS app Android app

Teen Pregnancy

Competent, Caring Staff Crucial to Program Success

Laura Stepp | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Among the hundreds of programs that scholar Ron Haskins examined for his persuasive new book on social policy, one stands out in his mind: a home visiting initiative in Texas that sends nurses to visit teenage girls who are pregnant or new mothers.

Venezuela's Pregnant Mannequins Are Nothing But a Shaming Tactic

Aline Gubrium | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Aline Gubrium

The need to humanize teen parents -- both globally and domestically -- is urgent. The discourse surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting is too often shortsighted, lacking the broader context of the lived realities that are essential to helping young people reach their goals.

Why More Women and Doctors Should Consider This Kind of Birth Control

Marjorie Greenfield, MD | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Marjorie Greenfield, MD

When girls and women come to my office looking for birth control, they are usually thinking of pills. And in the past, I was right on board with recommending them. But several years ago, I totally changed my approach to how I talk about birth control, especially for young women.

The Story Behind Baby Showers for Teen Latino Parents

Laura Stepp | Posted 12.14.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura Stepp

The public shame her mother experienced is not as severe these days for young women in similar circumstances. Nor should it be, says Arroyo. But, she notes, Latinos are just as concerned as other Americans that too many young people are having babies too early.

3 Ways to Stop Your Teen From Making Risky Choices About Dating and Sex

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Know where your children are, who they are with and what they are doing, at all times. When it comes to dating, this means supervising your teenager's dates.

Catherine Pearson

Yet Another Reason Why Teens Need Access To Birth Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Women

Though teen birth rates have dropped in the past several decades, more than 750,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 still get pregnant in the Unit...

Pediatricians Urge Teens To Use IUDs To Prevent Pregnancy

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women

CHICAGO (AP) — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy ...

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

Do You Know What They Did Last Summer?

Dan Cardinali | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. For them, the words "back to school" suggest the start of something good, not the end.

Teen Birth Rate Hits New Low, Report Suggests

Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 08/20/2014 02:19 PM EDT on LiveScience Early data suggest the U.S. teen birth rate hit a historic l...

'I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights To Delay Marriage

UN Women | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
UN Women

From birth, Kadiga Mohammed was set to marry her first and eldest cousin, a traditional practice known as 'absuma' in her community in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. When she turned 16, her parents began to prepare for the wedding. But Kadiga was filled with dread -- she did not want to marry the man they had selected for her.

If I Were To Have Your Abortion: 4 Hours In An Abortion Clinic and Obvious Child

Pippa Biddle | Posted 10.12.2014 | Women
Pippa Biddle

The message in the film, that a woman can make the choice on her own and stick to it, that her friends and family can be supportive even if they don't entirely agree, and that you're life doesn't end when you hit a bump in road, or in this case your belly, is undeniably important.

Why I Traveled To Ethiopia To Get My Birth Control

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Joan Erakit

The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.

A Teen Mom's Experience In The New World Of Modern Adoption

OWN | Posted 07.29.2014 | OWN

A few years ago, 16-year-old Sophie was pregnant and facing a daunting decision: parenting or adoption. Each would present a unique set of challenges,...

Teen Says School Discriminated Against Her For Being Pregnant

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents

A Georgia teenager is claiming that her school district discriminated against her after she became pregnant and had a child. The National Women’s...

Her Story Got 1 Million 'Likes' In Less Than 24 Hours

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.05.2014 | Good News

It was a story of personal triumph that she wanted to tell for "so long." Fortunately, this unidentified New York woman ran into Brandon Stanton, the ...

But What's the Cost of Not Addressing Poverty?

Catalina Escobar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Catalina Escobar

I realized after the first six to seven years of trial and error that we cannot change the broader cultural and economic problems such as social disparity, limited access to services and entrenched cultural norms that these girls face.

High School Yearbook Under Fire For Featuring Teen Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.23.2014 | Teen

Two pages dedicated to teenage parents in an Arizona high school yearbook have sparked controversy in the community. In between the Mesa High Scho...

The Message Beyoncé Isn't Sending To Young Girls

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 07.08.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

You don't really need to know much about me, except that I am a teenage girl, my mother was a teenage mom and I listen to Beyoncé (a lot). I wanted to take a little bit to speak with you about teen pregnancy.

The State With The Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate Is...

Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living

By: Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer Published: 05/05/2014 03:26 PM EDT on LiveScience The rates of teenage pregnancy, birth and abortion have plummete...

May Is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month -- Let's Aim Low!

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

A U.S. teen is 30 percent more likely to give birth than her counterpart in Russia, which is number two on the list. This is not a top position we can be proud of. But with continued efforts, there is every reason to believe that we will work our way to the bottom of the list.

The Place Where You Belong

Jessica Watson | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jessica Watson

When I was 16 and pregnant and covering my stomach with men's sized t-shirts in hopes of avoiding second glances, a group of our old neighbors, women whose children I had grown up with, offered to give me a baby shower.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

Mississippi Cares More About the Politics of Unborn Children, Than Unborn Children

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As conservatives attempt to criminalize a broader range of actions in attempts to grant legal personhood to unborn children, and thus create a stronger argument against safe, legal abortion, a case in Mississippi is at center stage.

Nicholas Kristof Credits MTV's '16 And Pregnant' For Helping Lower Teen Birthrate

The New York Times | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

By Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times In the struggle to break cycles of poverty, experts have been searching for decades for ways to lower Ameri...