Can I Raise My Child Alone?
According to Planned Parenthood, 1 in 4 teens is pregnant by the age of 18. Socioeconomic disadvantages arise from this, because most mothers this age are not capable of supporting themselves, much less a child. Quite a few teenage mothers end up living off food stamps, Medicaid, etc. Public funds... Young Fathers: New Support Strategies
There are compelling reasons to promote the involvement of fathers in their children's lives: the value of their positive influence, their effectiveness in increasing children's academic achievement, and the importance of their financial support (Nord, Brimhall, & West, 1997). Teenage and young... I Am A Birth Mother, And It Was the Best Decision I Ever Made
I handed my baby over and the tears began to flow incessantly. I tried to keep them in until he drove away with his adoptive parents. I did not want to make this moment any harder for them. But as my mother helped me into the car I just let it flow--and so did she. In the hospital the night before,... Teen Pregnancy - Another Approach?
Recently, I met a fifteen-year-old girl who had just given birth to a baby without having had any prenatal care. In fact, she stated that she did not even know she was pregnant until she arrived at the hospital complaining of stomach pains. Her parents were with her at the hospital when I...
Why the Wait?
August 26, 2011, 6:29 am
According to UNICEF, approximately 5 million children in Ethiopia are missing one or both of their parents. Children often lose their parents because of AIDS, famine, complications from child birth, or disease. Many children live on the streets and work in dangerous conditions. In Addis Ababa,... Book Review: Not My Daughter
January 26, 2010, 8:29 pm
While the movie I just recently watched was about teen girls experiencing planned (but young) pregnancies, the book Not My Daughter is about the mothers of those girls. Some might argue that they're the same thing and that you only need one or the other. I disagree. And, as a birth mother, I'm... Movie Review: The Pregnancy Pact
January 26, 2010, 8:15 pm
I watched a Lifetime movie premiere the other night. Stay with me. The movie was titled The Pregnancy Pact . Stay with me. Loosely based on the 2008 real life story out of Gloucester, Massachusetts the movie takes a historical fiction look at what might have gone on with the group of teen girls...
I Still Love Them
The last time I personally saw my sons in 1991, when I was asked to sign papers to get my boys returned home, or so I was told. But it wasn't, so CSD lied to me to get me to sign adoption papers... I Am A Birth Mother, And It Was the Best Decision I Ever Made
I handed my baby over and the tears began to flow incessantly. I tried to keep them in until he drove away with his adoptive parents. I did not want to make this moment any harder for them. But as my...