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Community Advocacy and Support by and for Young Mothers

Birth Control: Know Your Options

by Jen

There are many different kinds of birth control options. They vary in price, difficulty to use, availability, side effects, and cost. Choosing the birth control that is right for you can be an empowering experience. To make an informed choice, you must first know the facts... Find Out More

Midwives Can Change The World by Mary

13 things my midwives did that were revolutionary:

1. Telling me I could be an amazing mother despite being a teen. ("Tell them the Virgin Mary was thirteen, Fuckyouverymuch" was Midwife #1's suggested response to critical looks, whispers and lectures.)

2. Telling me... Find Out More

Birthing Power
by Joan

Having a baby can change your life in incredible ways, either positive or negative. If you've decided that you want to have a natural birth, there are many things you can do to make it a powerful and joyful experience. The first thing you need is to know your rights.

You have the right to enjoy your... Find Out More

The Reproductive Rights of Minors by Allison Crews

Although teenagers in the United States are expected to make mature adult decisions while being criticized for behaving wildly and irrationally and are required to take legal responsibility for their actions, they are still denied the basic rights of citizens. They are denied... 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."