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Community Advocacy and Support by and for Young Mothers

Compiled by many members of the Girl-Mom community:

- Today I took him to the park, and I'm still energetic and agile enough to run around and climb the monkey bars with him!

- I know I won't hurt myself like my mom used to if I roll around on the floor having a tickle fight!

-I'll still be super young when they are adults... Find Out More

Why You Must Make a Zine

By Nina Packebush

At one time in history women lived in tribes. We worked together, played together, cared for our children together, supported each other and loved each other. Now we are fragmented. How many women do you know that actually have a "tribe" of women that they can call upon to... Find Out More

A Mother's Fate
By Angie

My mother was a teenage mother, as was her mother and so on. Perhaps this is why my mother could never quite believe that my passages into womanhood had truly happened. In accepting my maturation, she would have to accept her own. So, it was much easier for her to ignore it. For instance, when I began... Find Out More

Adventures in Breastfeeding by Jess DelBalzo

When I was younger, I swore up and down that when I had children, I would never do it.

My mother reminds me now and then: I was adamant about it. But as soon as my baby was born, I forgot all of my previous promises, and now I can't seem to stop. I do it all the time, and... Find Out More

About Girl-Mom

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."