Every year, there are approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies and 400,000 teen births in the United States. For every 10 teen girls, at least 3 will become pregnant, before the age 20. By and large, teen parents want to do what is right for their children. Because they are teens, parents, and often low-income, they need strong support networks and a comprehensive array of resources to help them parent effectively while working toward becoming self-sufficient adults. Unfortunately, the specialized service needs of pregnant and parenting teens are often overlooked in family and youth policies and practices. Project Stork Inc. was formed to guide and assist pregnant and parenting teens to succeed at parenting and life. Project Stork Inc. also delivers evidence-based pregnancy prevention and risk reduction classes to schools.
Before having sex, talk to a healthcare provider, your parents or trusted adult about how to protect yourself. There are a number of birth control methods available to prevent pregnancy but condoms are the only method of contraception that prevents pregnancy and STD/STIs – it is very important, however, that you know how to use them properly! Remember, abstinence is the only foolproof method that prevents both pregnancy and STDs/STIs!
Discovering that you are about to become a mother or father is pretty overwhelming. Here are some resources to help you navigate decisions and planning during a pregnancy, or even after a baby is born: