(Information obtained from Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA), Handbook for Skill Development, Massachusetts Department of Social Services – click here to visit website)
Some of the facts associated with teenage pregnancy:
FACT: Most babies born to teenage mothers will grow up in poverty.
FACT: Many teenage mothers will drop out of high school.
FACT: Teenage mothers will earn much less money throughout their lives than women who waited until their twenties to have children.
FACT: Babies born to teenage mothers are more likely to have low birth weight and birth defects.
FACT: Many fathers of children born to teenage mothers will not be involved in their upbringing.
FACT: The stress of being a teenage parent is enormous and many are not able to cope with it.
FACT: Many teenage parents do not have the parenting skills necessary to raise a child in a nurturing, loving, and consistent environment.
FACT: Many teenage parents are isolated from their peers.
- Imagine what your life would be like if you were pregnant or about become a father. How would your life change?
- What do you think your life and your child's life would be like?
- Are you emotionally/financially/socially equipped to be a good parent at this point in your life?
- How would you support your child?
- What impact would parenthood have on your future goals?
- If you were a teen parent, what would your life look like a year from now? In five years? Ten?
- Imagine for a moment that you are a baby, ready to be born. Would you choose yourself as a parent?
Having a baby will not save any relationship. Having a child can bring additional stressors to the relationship and create new conflicts.
Having a child is an enormous responsibility which influences the rest of a parent's life. Every child in this world deserves love, security, safety, and a good start. To bring up a child without those qualities or for selfish/wrong reasons is irresponsible and will hurt everyone involved.
South Phoenix Nurse Family Partnership - If you enroll, a specially trained nurse will visit you in your home throughout pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is 2 years old. Certain requirements must be met to qualify.