girl-mom

Community Advocacy and Support by and for Young Mothers

Your Government, Your Rights
by Allison Crews

Applying for and receiving government aid

Your kid's gotta eat, you need a place to live, and you need to see a doctor. That's just the way it is. But many parents are too ashamed of the social stigma attached to recipients of government aid to seek the help they need. Let go... Find Out More

you are riding home in the car of someone you call friend but really isn't, getting in much too late from the most recent party/rave/get-together that undoubtedly required you to exchange money for mediocore memories. your teeth are furry and your makeup is smudged and a mood clings to you like the smell of mud and piss and ash, a... Find Out More

by Julie

Just because…
You’re on welfare, you’re single, you don’t know who your kid’s dad is, you used to be an addict, you didn’t finish high school, you aren’t old enough to work or drive, vote or drink, you aren’t married, you aren’t rich, you haven’t graduated yet, you live with your parents, you’ve had multiple pregnancies,... Find Out More

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
you."

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

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."