I Am Not You - Yes I am
by Jessica Allan Lavarnway
Glancing around my obstetrician's clinic, I saw another young girl,
perhaps seventeen years old. And my first thought was, "I am not
I was not a teenaged mother.
Sure, I was nineteen. Sure, this was my second child.
But damn it, I wasn't a... Find Out More
What a Baby Is by Judy
Getting knocked up at seventeen was not an accident.
I wanted a baby. I was well aware that the unprotected sex I was having with my boyfriend could result in pregnancy, and this was part of the reason I did it. I wanted to have a baby.
My mother died when I was thirteen. I had lost an... Find Out More
A Good Mom by Elizabeth Cunningham-Halbert
At my first prenatal appointment, the doctor sat me down in his office to talk about abortion. He told me that having an abortion now wouldn't mean that I couldn't have other children later, maybe when I was more ready. I told him I was having my baby. I remember my step father's... Find Out More
Outside the Radar by dancing_in_the_nude
My name isn’t important, it’s something ethnic, something foreign. Something filled with delicate L’s and rolling R’s, it suits me. I am brown like cinnamon, warm and passionate, and I blend in well in my warm and passionate neighborhood. The streets here aren’t too well cared for, and... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."