Kathryn Waller cis 100 teen motherhood powerpoint nov 2, 2012
By: Kathryn Waller CIS 100
CultureBoth positive and negative focus gets put on teen motherhood in America. In most cultures, teen motherhood is portrayed as negative. In America that idea of a teenage pregnant mother is looked down on because of their “inability to nurture their child”.
Negative facts D: It affects education - only a third of teen mothers earn their high school diploma. And only 1.5% have a college degree by age 30. About 750,000 teens get pregnant in the United States each year. Nevada has the highest teen birth rate; 113 out of every 1,000 teens will get pregnant. A sexually active teen who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
Positive Facts :D The negative aspects of teen pregnancy are certainly numerous. A great deal of information is available on the difficulties faced by teen mothers. It is important to note that it is the motherhood aspect that is difficult for teens as opposed to the actual pregnancy. Age is only one consideration when a pregnancy occurs. In fact, from a health perspective, there are many positive things about teen pregnancy that often go ignored.
Positive Facts :D As long as a pregnant teen has regular quality prenatal care, her age is rarely an issue in terms of pregnancy. Teens are less likely to have pre-existing medical conditions that increase the risk of pregnancy, and subsequently they experience fewer complications from the pregnancy and birth itself. Teens have more energy than older women and there for rebound from postpartum symptoms easier.
My interviews The three young women that I haveinterviewed were all teen mothers. All three have volunteered their time to shine the light on teen motherhood.They will have their children with them.
The interview Questions 1. How old were you when you found out you were pregnant? 2. What did you think once you found out you were first pregnant? 3. How did you tell your parents and significant other? 4. Did you ever consider of any alternatives of keeping your child? 5. Describe the feeling you had when you went into labor. 6. When your child was born, what were you first thoughts and emotions? 7. Why did you choose a hospital birth? 8. Describe your parenting style. 9. Tell us about your child now. (age, interests, etc) 10. If you could tell a teenager one thing about motherhood, what would it be? 11. Do you regret becoming pregnant as a teenager?
Lacey Kelley Lacey is an 18 year old teen mother of her son, Xavier N. Turley. Xavier is 10 months old. Lacey proves that a teen mother can go to school and raise her son. Lacey goes to college and raises her son with her fiancé. Lacey was 17 and in high school when she found out she was pregnant. Lacey, in my opinion, is a great mother. :]
Lacey’s Interview :D Seventeen going on eighteen. -I was kind of blank about it all. I guess in a state of shock, I guess you could say? Im pretty positive my boyfriend(Andrew) was more emotional about it than I was. It eventually hit me right before I had my son though. -Well, my mom kind of figured I was because she was keeping track of my periods anyway. Shes the one who bought the two pregnancy tests revealing the answer to my 3 months of skipped periods. -No, not really. I mean, they crossed my mind, but not crossed my mind in any way of approval. My boyfriend and I were both against abortion right off the bat. It wasnt for us. Then there was adoption, and I felt like I couldnt carry a growing, living, breathing baby inside me for 9 months without getting attached. He was definitely ours. -Well, I went from dilated to 6 to 10 in the matter of minutes. They broke my water, and thats what got the ball rolling. After that occurred a few nurses rushed in and told me I was going to have to start pushing. A million emotions raced through my mind. I was nervous, scared, worried, and most importantly, anxious. I wanted so badly to see the boy I had grown inside me for that long period of time. -Oh. My. Gosh. It was thee best feeling in the world. It was like falling in love over again times three. I just wanted to hold him for hours, but from all the tears welled up in my eyes I could barely see the newest addition to my little family. -I thought of other options, but the hospital has the best environment for a newborn. You had nurses, and doctors surrounding you. People whom specialized in this sort of thing, and that had been doing it for years. They also taught the mother and/or father how to properly care for the newborn as well. Its just a much safer place to be in case of emergency, such as a c-section or the baby being born a preemie. -Im not too strict with my son. I do sterilized everything he eats or drinks from. I like to keep him healthy and clean. If he gets sick Im almost immediately worrying and rushing to the doctor. I mean, other than that I dont think I can really say much. My son is only 9 months old. He cant walk or talk so I cant discipline him. -He is a growing, healthy, baby boy. Hes 25lbs, 29inches, sitting, attempting crawling, says "mama", has 4 teeth while 3 others are cutting through. He loves eating. Pears, and apples and blueberries are his favorite baby foods. -Its hard, really hard. You may think its all fine and dandy just because you see your "teen mom" friends post pictures on facebook. Yes, motherhood has its perks, but in all seriousness, its a difficult task to accomplish. Especially if youre not willing, determined, and have plenty of patience. Youll lose most or all of your so-called "friends". Everythings so different. Youve got to woman-up, and take responsibility for you and your son and/or daughter. -No, actually. I do think I couldve waited, but things happen. I cant change the past. Accept everything, and move on. My son has also made me realize so many things, and become a better person overall. I wouldnt give up my little chunky monkey for the world. <3
Gracie Wilson Gracie is a 19 year old teen mother of her daughter, Kaidence Lucas.Kaidence is 2 and 12 years old.Gracie is a stay at home mother.Gracie and her fiancé, Aaron, raise Kaidence together.Gracie, in my opinion, is a fabulous mother. :D
Gracie’s Interview :D I was sixteen when Aaron and I found out. 2. I wasnt afraid because Aaron and I had talked about what would happen if I got pregnant before. 3. I just told Aaron that I didnt have my period and I told my grandma through a note and she took it upon herself to tell the whole family. Aarons mom knew I was pregnant by the way I walked before we came out and told her. 4. Not once. Aaron and I were so excited about having a child that there were no other options for us. 5. I was induced so I knew what to expect. It first started out as little cramps and I was like "Hm, this isnt bad at all".. Lol. A hour later, I was getting the damn epidural. It went smooth though. I was only in full labor for 5 or so hours and after two pushes, Kaidence was born. 6. My first thought was (excuse my language) "Holy shit, I have a baby now." God, best feeling ever. 7. I had no choice. I had a high-risk pregnancy because of my age and I had pre-eclampysia. (I totally misspelled that) 8. Were all about love and compassion. Kaidence does get discipline whether it be with getting something taken away for a day or if she continues, she does get whipped. (No, I dont abuse her. She gets a little smack on the butt.) 9. Well, she is 2 1/2 now. She adores the Disney Princesses and loves World of Warcraft and any other computer/video game there is. She loves to draw and write. She loves puzzles and asking every question under the sun. Lol. 10. Its hard. SO freaking hard. If youre thinking about getting pregnant, please wait until you graduate high school. Its not easy and I (unfortunately) could not continue school. I dropped out my senior year. At times I do regret dropping out, but it was best for our family at the time and my daughter needed me greatly. Its so rewarding. They absorb so much stuff, its crazy. It takes a lot of patience and love. 11. I dont regret it at all. Sure, what happened may not have been ideal to some people, but if I could go back and do it again, I would. Kaidence and I are definitely blessed because her father stuck around and is still here to this day. Its actually our 4 year anniversary tomorrow (10/6). We have our own house and everything finally fell into place. We are definitely one of the lucky ones <3
Hali Brescoach Hali is a 19 year old teen mother of her son, Dustin R. Brescoach.Dustin is 1 year old.Hali and her husband, Robby, raise Dustin.Hali is a stay at home mother.Hali, in my opinion, is a wonderful mother. :]
Hali’s interview I was 18 when I found out The only thing I thought was oh no my mom is going to kill me Robby was with me when we found out and I texted it to my mom And I knew I was going to keep my baby it didn’t even slip my mind to do anything else I got induced so I knew it was coming . But I was scared When he came out and they laid him on me I just looked at him and just thought wow this is how much my mom must have loved me I wanted to have him in the hospital because I wanted the epidural I try to be the best mother and spoil him without him know he’s spoiled so he wont be a brat .Im not much of a smacker I like to get eye to eye with him and show him what he’s done wrong and the right thing to do Dustin is so smart he talks so good for a 14 month old . He loves to play outside he loves to play with cars and trucks I would tell another teen mom it is very hard to go to school with a baby but you play u pay so u got to step up and be an adult and stick up for your family No I don’t I love that I’m a teen mom it just means I have more time with my boy :)
Truth Women, for thousands of years, have gave birth on their own or with midwifes.Hospitals, today, have convinced American women that they don’t know how to birth.Ladies! We are capable to birthing in most cases!
Medicines Almost all mothers that go into a hospital to have their child are put on medicines to induce contractions, make labor go faster, ease pain, etc.Little do most know, these medicines that the doctors put you one can have serious side effects on your newborn during its life.
Some side effects of those medicines. Pitocin(used to induce labor)-can cause jaundice, retinal hemorrhage, permanent central nervous system or brain damage or even death. Opiates(pain relievers)-Central nervous system depression, Respiratory depression, Impaired early breast feeding, Altered neurological behavior, Decreased ability to regulate body temperature Ritodrine Hydrochloride(stop preterm labor)-can cause hypoglycemia, respiratory distress syndrome, or even in some cases death.
My opinion Teen mothers can be just as good, if not better than, older mothers.As the saying says, “Age is just a number.”If a teen is determined she can be a GREAT mother.People shouldn’t look down on teen mothers.I know several teen mothers and they are fantastic mothers; better than some older mothers I know.
Thank you! I’d like to thank Professor Cullum for allowing me to present this in class.I’d also like to thank Hali Brescoach, Lacey Kelley, and Gracie Wilson for giving me their time and for allowing me to interview them.
Copyright andBiblography information “The Business of Being Born” was directed by Abby Epstein in 2008. All rights Reserved.Medicine information from What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Written by Heidi Murkoff. Publishes in April of 2008 by Workman Pub Co.Interviews done on Lacey Kelley, Gracie Wilson, and Hali Brescoach.