Example #1 – The Effects of Teenage Pregnancy on Children
There are many obstacles for children of teenage mothers to face. These children have serious disadvantages in contrast to those children who come from nuclear families. Often they lack a father figure, have a high poverty rate, and there are incidents of depression and mental health problems.
Many people are blaming the sex education programs in schools and the additional federal aid being offered to single parents as major causes for the country’s high rate of teen pregnancies (Carole). Although, the real purpose of sex education and federal aid is to help empower the mother and child so they can eventually lead productive lives.
The lack of a father figure in the home is the cause of many major problems, which builds into a chain reaction. The child may suffer emotional problems when there is no father present; these problems may be hazardous to their future. Many children tend to be affected mentally because these powerful emotions have the potential to do permanent damage to the child’s life.
Children who do not have a father present in the home often feel unloved. Parental rejection is a very traumatizing event in a child’s life. Children who lack a father figure in the home may experience sadness and depression, aggressive behavior, frequent illness, difficulty in school, eating problems, and sleeping disorders (Jacobs).
Males and females are affected differently by the absence of a father. To be able to learn how to become a man, a boy needs a male role model in his life. Oftentimes, children choose unpleasant characters to mold themselves after if they do not have a good role model. Males that grow up in one-parent homes may gain negative personality traits like immaturity, laziness, and disrespect for women. Females who grow up without fathers in the home usually end up having pre-marital sex.
They do this to make up for the affection that they did not receive from their fathers. These women often become very dependent on males although they don’t know how to relate to them and have the wrong idea about what a relationship should be like. Also because of unconscious resentment toward their absent fathers, some girls even grow up to hate men (Jacobs).
There has been a dramatic shift from the traditional nuclear family to one-parent homes. The percentage of children living with single parents has doubled from twelve to twenty-seven percent since 1970 (Young). This change is due to the increase in divorce rates and the number of unmarried parents. Single-parent families now include more than eighteen million children and comprise the most common non-nuclear families (Young).
These statistics may be somewhat of a concern because crime and poverty are directly related to children who are raised by teenage parents. People who are faced with the harsh reality of raising children are most often not ready to deal with the responsibility.
Some men answer to this is running away from the problem. In turn, they fail to provide any kind of financial support for their children and start to reject them as their own. This leaves the mother all alone to juggle the responsibility of raising the children along with earning all or most of the family income needed to support them (Young).
Most teen mothers turn to governmental aid like Welfare, W.I.C., Focus Hope, project housing, and Medicaid in order to make ends meet. This allows the mothers to only give their children the bare minimum for survival. Thanks to financial aid and grants, many of these single mothers are able to attend college to further their education and get a step ahead in their careers (Young).
Government aid is good and people who are in need deserve to receive it. People who are poor should not be denied the chance to get health insurance, financial aid for tuition, decent housing, and suitable food to eat.
It is unfair for these children to have to suffer for their parent’s mistakes. Children of single parents are brought into the highly competitive world with a handicap. They are automatically placed in the lower class.
There is a big problem that is going on in the United States and it is teen pregnancy. The United States have the highest teen birth rates than any other western industrialized nations. Teen pregnancy doesn’t only affect the teen and the baby, it affects everyone around them including their family and the society around them.
There are solutions to teen pregnancy that doesn’t only include the teen and their family, it includes the community. Teens need to know the risks and consequences of teen pregnancy. Teen pregnancy causes problems for the teen, the baby, and everybody around them. “Teen pregnancy costs society billions of dollars a year. There are nearly half a million children born to teen mothers each year and most of these mothers are unmarried, and many will end up poor and on welfare”.
Since the teen mothers are more than likely going to end up poor and on welfare, the federal government spends billions of dollars a year on families with teen pregnancy. In the end, it is essentially affecting everybody because that is tax dollars going towards the welfare the federal government gives the families. When a teen has a baby, not only does the teen or the family pay for the baby but so does the rest of the community.
If the teen waits to have a child until she is older, she is more likely to not go on welfare because she will more likely have support, have more money, and she won’t have to raise the kid on her own (Cape).
Teenage pregnancy is a major concern in today’s society; there are many ways to prevent teen pregnancy, many people to get advice from, and many decisions that a teen parent must make.
II. Teenage Pregnancy
A. Concerns about Teenage Pregnancy
B. What helps prevent Teen Pregnancy
C. Source of Advice and Support
III. Stages of Pregnancy
A. First Trimester
B. Second Trimester
C. Third Trimester
IV. Challenges of Teenage Parenthood
A. Parenthood Options
B. Continuing Education
C. Financial Problems
Teenage pregnancy is a major concern in today’s society; there are many ways to prevent teenage pregnancy, many people to get advice from, and many decisions a teenage parent must make. The statistics tell that the U.S. has the highest rate of teen pregnancy and births.
“More than 4 out of ten young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20-nearly one billion a year”(Teen Pregnancy Facts and Stats 1). Teenage pregnancy has declined slowly but steadily. “These recent declines reverse the 24-percent rise in the teenage birth rate from 1986 to 1991″ (Teen Pregnancy Facts and Stats 1).
Usually, only one-third of teenage mothers receive a high school diploma. The rest of the mothers usually end up on welfare. “A majority of both boys and girls who are sexually active wish they had waited. Eight in ten girls and six in ten boys say they wish they had waited” (Teen Pregnancy Facts and Stats 1).
Many people are concerned about the problems teenage parents and their children face. The health risks for a teenage girl who becomes pregnant increase sharply. One of the concerns of teenage mothers is health risk. Usually, young women have more complications in pregnancy than older women.
The most hazardous complication is low birth weight. “One out of seven babies born to teenage mothers have a low birth weight” (Hildebrand 88). Poor eating habits, smoking or using alcohol or drugs, cause low birth weight. Premature babies and babies with low birth weights often have organs that haven’t fully developed, such as lungs, heart and brain. These babies get sick easier than normal-weight babies.
As a result of what has motioned above, teenage mothers are considered to be in the high-risk health category. They need good prenatal care as soon as they find out they are pregnant. A doctor, nurse, or other medical practitioner gives most of the information about nutrition. Prenatal care can help prevent pregnancy complications and improve one’s chances of having a healthy baby.
The best way to prevent teenage pregnancy, which is 100% effective, is abstinence. Most teenagers have a whole life ahead of them and having a child will cause a lot of complications in your goals. It’s not impossible for teenage mothers to complete high school, or try to reach their goals in life, but having a child could very well interfere with these goals. Another way of protection is condoms. There are a lot of protections out there, but these “protections” are not 100-percent reliable.
There are a lot of places and people to go to for support and advice. In addition, there are many organizations and hotlines a teenage mother can contact for advice and assistance.
Parents and family are one alternative. There are a lot of teenagers that are afraid of their parents’ reactions. However, most parents are calmer and more supportive than teenagers expect. Most parents are shocked when the teenager comes and tells them that they are pregnant. Just give the parents time and they will try to give their teenagers the best advice that they know.
The school nurse or counselor is another place to get advice. The counselor usually can gather up pamphlets and brochures about pregnancy. The counselor can also help the teenager remain in school. They are very supportive and understanding.
Doctors and clinics are very important for a teenage parent to go to. There are a lot of home pregnancy tests available, but the doctor is a lot more reliable and gives a more accurate answer.
Family planning counselors are also very professional people who can explain various options and discuss the community resources available to teenagers. They also help arrange for financial assistance and recommend support groups. Since teenagers need a lot of prenatal care, the counselor also offers advice on prenatal care, nutrition information, childbirth classes, and parenting skills.
These mentioned are just a few places or people you can go to for advice. Don’t ever think that there isn’t anyone out there to ask for advice.
Teenagers’ mothers would feel a lot more comfortable knowing what was going on with their bodies and how the baby is developing. The next part of this paper is going to explain the first through the third trimester of pregnancy.
“The average biological length of human gestation, from conception to delivery, is 266 days. Due to the difficulty in assessing the exact date of conception, however, the clinical length of pregnancy is considered to be 280 days or 40 weeks, calculated from the last normal menstrual period before the cessation of menses, or menstrual flow. This calculation assumes that ovulation occurs 14 days after the last menstrual period. Human gestation is further divided into trimesters, each of which lasts slightly more than 13 weeks” (Pregnancy and birth 1).
In the first trimester, the mother experiences nausea and vomiting, morning sickness, in the first 8 weeks. Breast soreness or tingling often occurs due to hormonal stimulation. Fatigue is also a common complaint.
The baby is developing organs in the first trimester. The fetus’s heart begins to beat after 4 weeks. By 8 weeks, the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, fingers, and toes are easily recognizable, and male and female reproductive systems have differentiated. By 12 weeks all of the organs have developed. During these first weeks, the mother should be very careful because the fetus is most vulnerable to potential teratogenic, birth-defect inducing drugs, radiation, and viruses. All of those factors are very dangerous to the fetus.
During the second trimester, the mother has increasing abdominal girth and pressure from the growing uterus. Braxton-Hicks contractions may occur. The mother may experience lightheadedness and may even faint due to the effects of the hormones on the blood vessels and the amount of blood diverted to the uterus, placenta, and fetus. There are many discomforts associated with pregnancy, most complained about is heartburn. Despite this discomfort, women are generally more comfortable during the second trimester than the first.
During the second trimester the baby’s thin-walled skin develops, organs begin to function, and blood begins to be formed in the bone marrow. Scalp hair appears fat increases, and bones begin to harden. About 20 weeks along, the mother can feel the precise movements of the baby.
In the third trimester, the last weeks of pregnancy become increasingly uncomfortable. Headaches, shortness of breath, and swelling of legs are common complaints. False labor pains, or contractions of the uterus that do not lead to progressive dilation or opening of the cervix, can be particularly uncomfortable.
The baby gains weight in the third trimester. Ear lobes begin to develop cartilage, testes begin to descend into the scrotum, nails begin to grow over the tips of the fingers, and creases develop over the soles of the feet. Also, the fetus begins to demonstrate coordinated patterns of behavior that are similar to the cycles of activity and sleep of a newborn.
The things mentioned are just an overall view of the trimesters. A woman’s body undergoes a variety of changes to prepare for the growth, nourishment, and birth of a child.
The teenage parent has a lot of challenges that must be overcome and decided, such as parenthood options, continuing education, and financial problems. These mentioned are just a few of the challenges a teenager faces.
There are three options parents must decide if they become pregnant. The parents can marry and raise the child together. The mother or father can raise the child as a single parent. The parents can put the baby up for adoption. These are three options that are going to be very hard to decide. Whatever the teenager decides will have a consequence on the baby and the parents.
When teenagers become pregnant, the first thing they want to do is rush into marriage. The parents may have talked about marriage but this would be the “real thing”. “Only one-third of the teenagers who become pregnant before the age of 18 are married” (Gutman 25).
Babies need a lot of attention. They need to be fed, burped, diaper changes, bathe and cuddled. Having someone around to help with these tasks can be very helpful and rewarding for parents and the baby.
Most teenage marriages don’t last long. The teenagers may think they will have more freedom when they are married. Wrong, you will not have as much freedom. Teenagers are taking on a big responsibility when they marry. Think about it before you rush into marriage. When teenagers marry, they have to make decisions about where to live and how to pay the bills. These are just things you have to decide on. Trying to adjust to parenthood and having a marriage partner will be challenging and overwhelming. “As a result, four out of five teenage couples divorce within six years” (Hildebrand 94). The marriages that are successful receive support from friends and family.
Another option would be singe parenthood. Single parenthood is either the mother or father deciding to raise the child alone. Usually, when this happens, the mother is the one to keep the child. Both mother and child usually live with the mother’s parents. Money concern plays a major role in teenage marriage but is a greater problem for single parents. Being a single parent, trying to work, finish school, you must arrange for childcare services. Childcare services can be very expensive for a single parent. Usually, if a single parent is balancing school, work, and taking care of a child, the teenager has a lot of support from parents, friends, and relatives. Parents can be a big support for a teenage parent.
The last option is adoption. To make this decision, the parents would have thought long and hard about the baby’s needs and their future. Adoption is not bad it may be best for the child if the couple isn’t able to provide everything that a baby needs. If the parents weren’t able to give the baby a good start in life it needs, adoption would be the best option.
Adoptions can be arranged by local, state, religious, and even private agencies. These agencies have a list of couples that wants kids but are unable to have them. The couple’s background is checked to be certain that they would be the best parents for the baby. Teenage parents who put their child up for adoption can be assured that the child will be taken care of.
If the parents decide to give the baby up for adoption before its born, it can be arranged before birth. Adoption laws vary from state to state. Open adoption can be made. This adoption allows the birth and adoptive parents to share information about themselves and the child. The birth mother usually meets the adoptive parents during the pregnancy or after birth.
The adoptive parents send photographs and letters letting the birth mother know how the child is doing. This is an advantage for the birth mother. The birth parents will know a little about his/her biological background. The adoptive parents can answer most of any questions the child asks about the birth parents.
Continuing education is also a major decision when you become a teenage parent. Pregnant teenagers have the right to finish their education. It may be hard, but it is not impossible. In some schools, they stay in their regular classes, but in others, they are placed in special classes for pregnant teenagers. These classes can be helpful because they help parents learn about pregnancy, prenatal care, and parenting skills. Some schools even have childcare.
This would help out a lot of teenage parents trying to finish their education. It is important for teenage parents to complete high school. A lot of jobs require high school diplomas. How can teenagers support their babies with no job?
The statistics show that teenagers who dropout usually qualify for the lowest-paying jobs in the community, if even that. That is why having an education will help out a teenage mother or father. Having a high school diploma enables them to have more career choices.
The most important challenge of a teenage parent is financial problems. Teenagers face more financial problems than older parents. Even if both parents work, they lack the education or skills needed to obtain a job that can support a family. This is why many teen mothers rely on welfare. “Some 63% of teen parents depended on public programs for medical needs and daily living expenses in 1992″ (Programs that Work Now 1).
Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) provides financial support to eligible parents and children. Government assistance is minimal, however, and not always available. This probably won’t change in the future because of the tax burden of these programs. Because of these programs, it helps prevent teenage mothers living in poverty.
Before you become sexually active think of the consequences you face. Teen pregnancy isn’t just it, there are many problems such as STD’s, AIDS, and HIV. These are all associated with sex. If you are sexually active get on some kind of birth control and always use a condom. Think about the consequences you as a teenager would have to face if you risk getting pregnant.
Think about the consequences it would put a baby through. It’s tough to be a teenage parent and people will have to sacrifice a lot of things that they used to do now that there’s a baby with you. Just remember, don’t start having sex just because everybody else is or because someone’s pressuring you into it. Think about everything, including your future, school, friends, freedom, and your life.
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How to prevent teen pregnancy has been a question for many years now. Statistics have been running wild trying to keep up with the teenage generation. Many people have their opinions on the subject (teen pregnancy), because teens seem to be getting pregnant all so fast these days. People fail to realize that having a baby is supposed to be a sort of privilege. Many people take having a baby as a joke. Getting pregnant and having a child involves many pros/cons.
For example, having a child can be harder on some people than it is on others. When having a baby there are a lot of things to worry about, for the most important part financial problems seem to be the most talked-about of teen pregnancy’s. In the prevention of teen pregnancy, there are many things that are helpful. For example, Abstinence is for the sure factor of not getting pregnant. There are also other helpful ways to help prevent teen pregnancy, such as sex education and birth control. All of these things are essential in the helpful prevention of teen pregnancy.
Abstinence is when you give up something you desire or of pleasure to you. Abstaining from sexual activities is a great way to prevent teen pregnancy and the risk of getting a disease. In the past years, less sex and more condoms have has meant lower rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Abstinence is not a crime, as most teenagers and their peers seem to think. Most teens have sex because of their peers being sexually active.
The percentage of sexually active males declined from 57.4 percent to 48.8 percent, essentially erasing the gender gap. In high school students alone the rate for being sexually active went from being 66.7 percent to 60.9 percent in the years of 1991-1997.
Abstinence is very important, but the peers your child hangs around are just as important. ” The Nurture Assumption,” says that peer groups matter a lot more than parents influencing how kids turn out because you can pass your genes, but not your values. CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth stated that teens are having less sex. CDC’s also stated that more teenagers surveyed that their closest friends were involved in some sort of sex education class, and they were not sexually active. Abstaining from sex and learning more about sex are good ways to assure your knowledge and decrease teen pregnancy.
Sex education is the study of the characteristics of being a male or a female. Such characteristics make up a person’s sexuality. Traditionally children have received information about sexuality from their parents, church, friends, their doctors, and many other people. Many young teens learn about their bodies first.
They learn their body part and why they are essential for the body to keep going each day. Many people believe that sex ed. being taught in schools assures children of correct and complete information about sexuality. How sex education is taught varies greatly from one program to another, whether in school or any other program. Sex education starts in kindergarten and continues through high school.
From kindergarten through 4th grade, sex ed. teaches children about their bodies and attempts to promote a wholesome attitude toward the self-development process. During these years teachers attempt to correct any false ideas children may have learned about sex. In grades, 5th through 6th teachers try to prepare students for puberty. For example, the children learn about nocturnal emissions, menstruation, and changes that will take place in their bodies, they also learn and study reproduction.
From grades 7th through 9th most young adults’ interest in sex increases, so they learn more about responsibility, and boy/girl dating. In high school, students learn more about the social and psychological aspects of sexuality. Many other subject come up at this time in a teenager’s life, such as marriage, abortion, homosexuality, birth control, and many other topics. Through the teenage years, there are a lot of things to be learned and taught, but the most focused on is birth control as stated by John J. Burt, Ph. D., Dean, College of Health and Human Performance. Sex education is of much importance to the teenage generation.
Birth control is the control of birth or of childbearing by deliberate measures to control or prevent conception, contraception. An understanding of birth control requires some knowledge of human reproduction. About every four weeks, an egg is released by one of the two ovaries in a woman’s body. The egg then passes through a fallopian tube, and if not fertilized while in the fallopian tube, it eventually disintegrates in the uterus.
The egg then passes out of the body during a women’s menstruation. Sexually, coming from a man millions of sperm are released into the woman’s vagina. If an egg is there sperm traveling through a woman’s fallopian tube will fertilize it fertilized by the sperm. At this point, a human being develops, and nine months later a child is born. Most birth control methods are made to prevent contraceptives.
The most effective contraceptive method is surgical sterilization. This is when surgery is performed so it will block the sperm ducts in men or the fallopian tubes in women. There are also many other kinds of contraceptive methods; they involve hormone drugs in order to prevent pregnancy. In many developing nations, hormone drugs are injected into the body. These injections must be given every 90 days in order to be effective. Some of the more popular birth controls today are the pill, condoms, Norplant, and the shot. All of these forms of birth control are used to prevent teen pregnancy.
Studies show that those methods are becoming effective because the teenage pregnancy rate has dropped by 11%. Birth control is important to teenagers, and they should be used if a teen should become sexually active. Parents should remember to teach their children about birth control always, just in case a teen should become curious and decide to have sex.
In conclusion teen pregnancy has a hard effect on society, in many ways. Most teen pregnancies were not planned. CDS says about 65% of teen pregnancy’s were not even discussed with their sexual partners. All of the other percentages of teen pregnancy’s were not planned either, but it had been discussed with the teen’s sexual partner at some point in time. Most teens began having sex without knowing the consequences. Teenagers need to take responsibility and remember to keep safe because there are various ways to prevent teen pregnancy, for example, abstinence, sex education, and various types of birth control.
Teen pregnancy is also known as adolescent pregnancy, is pregnancy in females under the age of 20. Females can become pregnant for sexual intercourse after she has begun to ovulate, which can be before her first menstrual period but usually occurs after the onset of her periods, and that usually takes place around the age of 12 or 13. Having a baby your teen years is very stressful you will have to get a job, a babysitter, and still try to go to school. There are many different causes of teen pregnancy. The most common cause of teen pregnancy is nonuse or improper use of birth control or condoms.
There are many teens who miss their doctor’s appointments for their birth control that end up a teen mom. Peer pressure is also a cause of teen pregnancy which allows friends into having sex earlier than they would have wanted to, which could lead to an accidental pregnancy. Drugs and alcohol also play a big role in teen pregnancy because of the substances alter the mind and can cause a loss of inhibitions or control. When people use drugs or alcohol they really don’t have control over what the mind and body feeling.
Rape also causes teens to become pregnant. Some teens may go through rape because of their parent’s childhood or their body figure. Being molested is another cause of teen pregnancy. Most of the time when people get molested either someone is assaulted or abused sexually and or pester or harass. Sexual abuse is usually undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. A few impacts of teen pregnancy: dropping out of school, struggling the beginning of adulthood, and growing up faster.
Dropping out of school is one main impact of teen pregnancy because it normally hard to find someone to keep the baby while you go to school. Also, when people be at school and them pregnant they get made fun of and try to avoid it but the mixed feelings and emotions that they have they really can’t control themselves. Getting talked about at school while pregnant might or could cause the mother to do harm to the baby or even herself. Struggling the beginning of their adulthood is because the young lady is growing up with her child and it is just a child raising a child.
At a young age, it is very hard for teen moms to budget their money to take care of the baby and themselves. Another reason why teen pregnancy is very stressful is that when the baby is first born all of the things that you have to take care of to make sure your baby is healthy. When teen moms usually move on their own it really is very hard because everything is falling apart and the family can become homeless. Growing up faster is also a very good impact for teen moms because being a teen parent usually make them get jobs and make them want to do something so they can feel better about themselves and them knowing that they are able to take care of their child.
Another reason that makes the moms grow up faster is that they know that they have to be more mature than their other friends and that they can’t hang out like they use to anymore. There are very many signs of pregnancy. Missed or very light periods aren’t really a good sign of pregnancy but you might want to take a pregnancy test to make sure and to keep track of your periods.
In Every Country, in every city teenage girls and boys face parenthood. These parents to be must grow up quickly in order to face the harsh realities of becoming a parent. Many teens don t know the history of teen pregnancy, the effects it has on society, the stress of becoming a parent, ways to solve the problem or even where to get help. The journey to parenthood is hard to avoid once it has taken the first steps forward.
For many hundreds of years, teen pregnancy was not a problem as children as young as nine were married and had their firstborn shortly after they were mature enough. There was a problem though with any woman having children while not married, it was considered a sin. # In recent years teen pregnancy has been on the rise, the national average of teen pregnancy including abortions is 48.8 %. This is up 2% from 1996. # Teen pregnancy has an effect on the person or people it comes into direct contact with but also on society its self.
The effects that teen pregnancy has on society is very great. Teen pregnancy affects the social institutions and assistance that was put in place to help people. With teen pregnancy on the rise, these institutions are often called upon for money or assistance. Many cannot afford to have children and go on social assistance or welfare in order to raise their children. This is where poverty comes into play, and more often than not the cycle repeats it’s self. Due to a lack of knowledge. #
The society also looks down upon these children having children. Most people see these unfortunate teens as tramps and much worse because of one mistake. Also many think that the teens will raise their children in bad conditions and in poverty, this is not always the case. Due to the way society sees these teens many are afraid to ask for help, scared that they will be turned away and looked down upon.
The stress that is brought on by pregnancy can be overwhelming to anyone let alone a teen. These teens go through at least three of the following emotions; disbelief, fear, happiness, guilt, or isolation. # These emotions are hard to deal with and often these
young parents don t know how to handle them. Many of them have to deal with them on their own.# This can be one of the hardest things to do.
Teens also struggle to find ways to tell their parents or caregivers. Many feel that their parents will angry or worse yet disown them. They may be angry with their children but in the end, most come around and offer their support.# For teens who don t have to support, there are programs that will help them, they will find them places to live to get work and soon.
Another problem is money, it takes a lot of money to raise a baby and many teens can not afford to this alone. There are times when I can t even afford to feed myself. All my money goes into my baby. Heather Kentill. Many teen mothers and fathers go hungry trying to get the best for their children and often they themselves pay the ultimate price. They pay the price by doing things may not usually do in order to feed themselves or their children, some resort to theft so they can at least put something on the table.#
The first step to solving teen pregnancy is not to be ignorant, because it can happen to anyone, at any given time. Ignorance is the first step towards the problem at hand. # One of the things that will help solve the problem is knowing about prevention and how to avoid certain circumstances, which may lead to the problem. Many schools teach classes on sexual health and prevention, and this has brought some awareness to students. There are prevention methods, which are available to everyone. These prevention methods are known as birth control.
One of these is abstinence, which is not having sexual intercourse. This is the best method of birth control. Other prevention methods condoms, spermicides and jellies, and the birth control pill (BCP). The only problem with these methods is that they all have a small failure margin. There is only one method that can be completely reliable and that is abstinence which has no failure rate at all.# One of the other things that will help solve the problem is understanding.
There are many clinics which offer help to teens who are faced with pregnancy, or teens who would just like to talk and learn how to prevent pregnancy. Many teens prefer to go to their family doctor instead of a stranger. There are also many programs in place to help teens earn money for raising their children or agencies which will help aid them with money, clothes, baby food, and diapers.# The best place to go for help is to your family as they may be more helpful to you than some agency.
For many teens, this is a reality a life they live in. Many of these teens aren’t educated properly in the history of teen pregnancy, the way it affects society, the stress of unwanted pregnancy, prevention methods, how to solve the problem, or even where they can go for help. With more education programs available to teens it should hopefully bring the teen pregnancy rate down to a minimum over the coming years.
Over the past two decades, the rates of teen pregnancy have grown dramatically. According to the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy, approximately every thirty-one seconds teenage pregnant in the United States. This is unbelievable, however, that is the truth that no one can deny. Many people think that teen pregnancy doesn’t effect them unless they get pregnant or one of the family members in teenagers gets pregnant. However, teen pregnancy really affects our communities and country.
Approximately, over eighty-five percent of teenage girls who become pregnant every year do not plan their pregnancies and only fifteen percent of pregnancies are prepared. The causes of teen pregnancy is unsafe sex or poor sex education in teen and adolescents, and in result many teen girls get pregnant, increase the population, more people in poverty and children become the victim of their parent’s mistakes.
There are several illusions surrounding teenagers’ and adolescents’ pregnancy. Most of the teenagers believe that they will not get pregnant or impregnate someone the first time they have sex. This is a common mistake that teens usually make. Unfortunately, one out of twenty girls becomes pregnant the first she has sex.
Teenagers should know the risk of having unsafe sex and what will happen the result of that. They will not only get pregnant but also they can get sexually transmitted diseases as well as AIDS which can lead to death. Some teen girls also have the wrong ideas about sex and love. They believe that if they have sex with their boyfriends or give birth their boyfriend’s babies will make their boyfriends love them more and it can make the relationship better. However, it becomes worse and makes their lives more difficult.
Some girls after they got pregnant they don’t have a choice and the only option is to keep and raise their babies. Sometimes they will get support from their parents and some of them do not. Therefore, they have to go out and find jobs, which will only pay minimum wages. Most teen mothers will drop out of high schools because they have to find a job so that they can survive. The chances of getting a good pay job will be very low because they don’t have high school degrees.
Sometimes they can’t even support themselves and even more, they have to take care and take responsibility for another life is totally a mess. Furthermore, some teen fathers will ignore their babies and refuse to support teen moms and babies.
Only ten percent of teen mothers will get married and most of them become single parents. Usually, teen marriage works and ends up with a divorce. For instance, one of my best friends Mary got pregnant in her seventeen and got married. By the time when she got pregnant, both of them did not have a job and they haven’t graduated from high school yet. They have to drop out of high schools because Mary has to give birth and her husband had to go out and work in order to support the family. However, he couldn’t have a good pay job because of a lack of education.
She had to worry about family and suffered through all of the pains and troubles while I was only worried about what I have to wear to school tomorrow, where to go, and have fun and sometimes worried about school works. By looking at them, I thought it was very unfair to her newborn child because he becomes the victim of his parents made. However, some so many reasons for family problems, finical issues, and their marriage were not successful. Therefore, once they screwed up their lives, it will be a mess for the rest of their lives.
It was just a waste of time, money, and efforts while they haven’t ready for marriage. Instead, they could have succeeded if they could have concentrated on their studies and their future will be a lot beautiful and not ending up with a divorce.
Most teen mothers have to depend on federal and government supports like welfare, W.I.C, housing, and medical. Teen moms are only affording the minimum spending for survival. Government aids are good if they really need it and deserve it and however, some people will take advantage of government supports. Finally, it is the government’s duty to ensure people to pursue happiness. People shouldn’t be denied the opportunity of getting health insurance, finical aid for education, decent housing, and suitable food to eat because they are poor. Mary has to rely on government support because she couldn’t support the child by herself.
Moreover, the teen pregnancy is affecting the population of our communities. Only in California, four hundred teenagers discover that they are pregnant everyday and adding the numbers to the population. Therefore, I was wondered where our government will get all the funds to support those people. Welfare costs the United States an average of seven billion dollars per year.
The majority of teen mothers fall into poverty, and at the same time, some teen mothers are most likely to have other children within the first or two years after they had one. Moreover, some teen children of teen parents are most likely to get pregnant and fall into the same procedures and it becomes a vicious circle. Therefore, all teenagers should aware of that unplanned pregnancies and do not let the child be the victims of your mistakes.