Hannah, a cheerleader at Eisenhower High School, was a senior and an active member of the student body before she became pregnant.
Weeks after Hannah learned she was pregnant, the first sign of a baby bump began to show.
"I was like seven-and-a-half weeks or something. The lady was like, 'Oh, my God, you're never going to believe this.' My sister ... was like, 'Oh, my God, twins,' and the lady was like, 'No, triplets!'"
At her first ultrasound appointment, Hannah was surprised to learn she was having triplets.
At her next appointment, Hannah learned that one of the babies had stopped growing, and there would be just two babies, both girls.
After missing her prom because of the pregnancy, Hannah says she realized a chapter in her life was coming to a close.
“ The hardest part now is like, what am I going to do now? There's a huge detour in my life," she said. "I can't do everything I wanted to do. I think about that every day."
Hannah several days before giving birth.
"Clearly my belly has gotten bigger. Everything gets bigger... I feel like I'm not even in my body sometimes."
In May, Hannah's family threw her a baby shower, where the expecting mom received an outpouring of presents. Friends' and family's gifts helped to offset the costs of diapers, clothing, food and toys.
On June 4, 2009, Hannah gave birth, two months prematurely, to her daughters, Mya Danielle and Braelyn Marie.
Hannah's daughter's first footprints.
Hannah's daughters have opened up an exciting new chapter in her life. Still, her father, Daniel, while supportive of his daughter, said her experience should be taken as a lesson, not just an example.
12 days later, Hannah's daughter Mya Danielle passed away in her arms.
Early infant death is more likely to occur with teenage mothers - and the younger the mom, the higher the risk. About one in 250 babies born to teens Hannah's age die in the first four weeks of life, compared with one in 300 for moms in their early 20s. Babies born to moms ages 10-15 have an even higher chance of early death.
Hannah and her baby girl, Braelyn Marie, will live to tell there story of how Hannah was pregnant at the age of 18 with triplets, and how Braelyn was the strong survivor!
R.I.P R.I.P Braelyn Marie
Well, I just want to tell my story of how I got pregnant and how I live my life today.
When I was 13 years old I met this guy. He was much older than me, He was about 27 and I was 13. I know what you're thinking - what the heck is a thirteen-year-old girl doing with a 27-year-old guy? But I was in love and it didn’t matter to me what people thought about me. My family was O.K. with the relationship, and we were about to get married (with the consent of my mother of course) when I had a problem with my new step-dad. I couldn't stand him. My boyfriend proposed to run away.
We were still going to get married, or at least that's what he said. So one day, I ran away with him. We had the apartment and all the basic necessities. After like two months I became pregnant, at the age of thirteen years old. I wasn't even finished 7th grade! I decided to have my baby. He ended up cheating on me. I spent six and a half years with this person until I finally decided to end my relationship. I went to school pregnant. All the looks I got, all the comments I received, really affected my life.
But I finished junior high and I was on my way to high school. While my friends were thinking on going out to the movies, I had to think about making dinner and changing diapers. It was hard, but I did it. I didn't give up. I had to wake up at six a.m. to change the baby, get dressed, and go to school. I had to be at the bus stop by seven to be in school at 8:15 a.m. (They had childcare in the school, but only if you maintained a good academic grade.)
I was a full-time student and worked part-time, and still had to come home and take care of my son. I graduated high school with the Class with all my friends. I'm currently a college student, working toward my accounting degree, and I'm also working full time.
I just turned twenty and I have a five-year-old boy that waits for me to get home and give me a kiss, and say "I love you mommy." My message to all the teens out there is to never give up, you can make it. Hang on - life is hard, but in the END IT PAYS OFF! P.S. Girls please use protection; my baby is not a mistake, he’s a lesson. But listen to your mother, she knows best.
I found out i was pregnant the summer going into my junior year. I was at a friends house when i first found out and I really thought it was just going to end up negative, but it didn't. At first I took about five more and when they all ended up positive I freaked. I tried to just keep it a secret for awhile but a week later my grandma ended up giving me one because she had a feeling. It ended up being positive and I didn't even know what to say.
I sat on my coach for a couple hours just staring at the wall thinking about what I was going to do, while blocking my grandma's screaming out. My grandma made me go tell my parents; they cried and screamed at me and told me if I didn't get an abortion they would never talk to me again. I already haven't lived with my parents for two years and we didn't really get along. I was 16 and I knew my boyfriend wasn't going to believe it either, but actually ended up pretty understanding.
A week or so later my boyfriend and I broke up, my parents wouldn't talk to me, and I still couldn't believe it. The father wouldn't leave me alone and I ended up having to block him out of my life and get my number changed. I am now almost 5 months pregnant and already gone through a lot of stress but, I'm hoping for the best for my little girl. My family and I are still not on the same level, but I hope that changes by the time the baby comes.
I was sixteen and was dating a guy for about two months. We decided to have sex for the first time. Well the condom broke... when we realized what had happened it was too late and we both started freaking out... the father wanted me to get an abortion, But I could never have done it.
While I was pregnant the father was not really there for me at all, his son was four days old and he had a new girl friend could go to movies with her but couldn’t help buy formula or diapers. After three months he realized what he was missing out on... we are now currently trying to work on a friendship. We rushed things before and don’t want to make that mistake again. I love my son just wish I would have waited so I would be able to give him more. Lee Nickson
A Message From Karissa…
Why is it that you feel its ok to tell a young mother that she is too young/immature to have a baby, yet its not ok to go up to an older mom and comment on their age as a mother?!
Just because we are young doesn't mean we don't love our babies, and make sure they are properly looked after. If we didn't think we couldn't do it, we wouldn't have kept the baby! It isn't it saying something about a young girl when instead of taking the (relatively) easy way out by having an abortion, she decides that she will put the rest of her life on hold to bring up this tiny, dependant person?! I know a lot of moms, ranging in age from 13 to 40, and I don't believe a single one of them is a better mother than anyone else. Everyone has different parenting styles- everyone was brought up different by their parents. Just because you might not agree with something they do or their age when they have a baby, doesn't give you the right to judge them.
We all go through the same thing by having a baby- we give up our bodies for 9 months, we sacrifice most of our lifestyle choices, we feel the same emotions- scared, nervous, anxious, happy, excited, joy. The only thing that differs between mothers is age- and age is only a number. I know teen mothers who are more responsible as women in their 40's (not saying they are better or worse- just responsible). And do you know out of all the young mother I know... only 4 are single, and they are all studying and working to provide a good, stable life for their child. Not one of them is sitting at home on their backside claiming welfare for doing nothing. Their children are happy, clean, well fed and well adjusted. What more can you ask from a mother, young or old?!
Teenagers get pregnant for all kinds of reasons. But they are more likely than older women to fall pregnant because they don't use birth control (they may think, 'I'll never get pregnant') or because they have fantasized about having a baby.
Some teenagers are more likely to have a child than others, such as those teenagers who have:
regular conflict in the family
violence and sexual abuse in childhood
a mother who was a young parent
unstable housing arrangements
trouble performing at school
an absent father
Three out of ten teenage girls in the United States get pregnant at least once before age 20.
That amounts to 745,000 teen pregnancies each year.
Almost 50% of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives.
Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school.
Less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than 2% earn a college degree by age 30.
Children of teen mothers do worse in school than those born to older parents.
They are 50% more likely to repeat a grade, are less likely to complete high school than the children of older mothers, and have lower performance on standardized tests.
Pregnant teens are far less likely to receive timely and consistent prenatal care than those who get pregnant at a later age.
The children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at low birth weight. Teen mothers are also more likely to smoke during pregnancy, and often teen mothers are not at adequate pre-pregnancy weight and/or do not gain the appropriate amount of weight while pregnant.
Two-thirds of families begun by a young unmarried mother are poor .
More than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager.
Teen mothers are likely to have a second birth relatively soon.
About ¼ of teenage mothers have a second child within 24 months of the first birth.
8/10 fathers don't marry the mother of their child.
These absent fathers pay less than $800 annually for child support, often because they are poor themselves. Children who live apart from their fathers are also five times more likely to be poor than children with both parents at home.
For All Teen’s!
Use Protection (BE SMART, SAFE, AND RESPONSIBLE)
Know what you could be getting yourself into
If you find out you are pregnant let someone know right away for the sake of your baby’s health
Think long and hard before you make any decisions
Don’t runaway from the situation, If you choose to keep your baby, Be a good mother and father.