Share MayFlowers recognizes the efforts of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy today, the 14th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy!
While unintended pregnancies among teens have decreased significantly over the last 20 years, The National Campaign points out that progress doesn’t equal victory. Please check out what they’re doing!
We care about this at Share MayFlowers in large part because teen pregnancy intersects with pelvic and maternal health, and that is the space we live in! Health in both of these arenas requires education; providing our adolescent and teen girls with honest and comprehensive education about their bodies….this isn’t just “sex education”, its health education. We came across this story from The New York Times Magazine, that is a fabulous example of disarming sensitive information with honestly and humor: Let’s Talk (Frankly) About Sex. Keep up the great work, Julie Metzger!
Teen pregnancies have many unique additional risks for the baby and mother, some of which were presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Meeting this week in San Francisco, CA.
- Pregnant teens were more likely to have been underweight before getting pregnant and to gain more weight during their pregnancy, when compared to non-teen pregnancies.
- Pregnant teens are at increased risk of preterm birth.
- Smoking increases the risk of preterm birth; pregnant teens should be counseled about smoking cessation as early as possible.
- Most teens that smoke do not quit smoking during their pregnancies.
- 34% of teenage mothers do not achieve high school diploma or equivalency.
- Local access to family planning services is associated with higher high school completion rates in young women.
Phew….if that isn’t reason enough to get behind the efforts of the 14th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, I don’t know what is! So a Happy 14th ANDPTP from Share MayFlowers!!!