Category Pregnant and Parenting Youth

#NoTeenShame

This is a Tumblr is written by young mothers who believe there should not be any shame and stigma in being a young parent. This website offers inspiration and information. #NoTeenShame is also a good internet site for those looking to find resources on how to talk about young parents or those who work with or […]

Parents as Advocates for Comprehensive Sex Ed in Schools (2002)

This document encourages parents to get involved in schools and lists out the benefits of getting involved and how and why parents should get involved. This document is for parents, school administrators that want more parents to get involved and youth who want their parents to get involved or already have parents who are involved. […]

Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Adolescents (1995)

This is a list of characteristics that understanding parents have. It lists: respecting the young person finding resources and educational materials to share with the young person. seeking additional help when needed talking about sexuality in an open manner with the young person check in with young person about their life, dating life and partners […]

Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A guide for health care and social service providers

This resource guide was initially created in 2014 by the University of Chicago a program of family planning. The guide provides resources to improve access to abortion., but this section is especially helpful for “health and social service providers advise pregnant persons who may be seeking abortion care in Illinois.” Under Illinois law, a pregnant […]

Trends in Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing (2014)

This article contains data and statistics from 2013 from the Office of Adolescent Health. Teen pregnancy has declined because youth are waiting longer to have sex and are using contraceptives. There are lower rates of pregnancy in the Northeast and higher rates in the South. This article has a link to reproductive health state fact […]

Our Issues: Abortion Access

The 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision was a victory. Still not all women have access to an abortion. There are many hindrances that stand in the way of Latinas and other women of color including: language, class and immigration status. The Hyde Amendment passed in 1977 meaning that abortion was not covered for those with […]

EngenderHealth

EngenderHealth is a global organization dedicated to activism in sexual and reproductive health, specializing in women’s health. For over seven decades, EngenderHealth has been a positive force for improving the lives of men, women, and families with their impressive range of programming. According to their mission, EngenderHealth works to “promote gender equity, advocate for sound practices […]

The Risk of Unintended Pregnancy Among Young Women with Mental Health Symptoms (2014)

Every year in the United States, an estimated 3.2 million unintended pregnancies occur and inadequate contraceptive use accounts for 90% of these unintended pregnancies.  A great volume of research has associated women’s mental health with risky contraceptive behaviors, sex behaviors and relationships.  Risky contraceptive behaviors include contraceptive nonuse, misuse, discontinuation, and less effective method use […]

Pregnancy and Childbirth Among Females Aged 10–19 Years – United States, 2007–2010 (2013)

This report is part of the Center of Disease Control Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (CHDIR) 2013.  It aims to highlight and raise awareness of differences in the characteristics of females aged <20 years who become pregnant and give birth and to prompt actions to reduce these disparities. CDC examined 2007 and 2010 birth rate (live births, […]

Abortion-Seeking Minors’ Views on the Illinois Parental Notification Law: A Qualitative Study (2012)

UPDATE: While the parental involvement law was not in place in Illinois at the time the research was performed, the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion is now in effect.  Under this act, health care providers must notify an adult family member 48 hours before performing an abortion for a patient under 18 years old.  There […]

Youth Speak Out on Sex, Love and Teen Pregnancy

“Our Story, Our Words”, produced by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (NCPTUP), features foster-care involved young people’s views on love, sex, and pregnancy in their own words. Some interesting statistics from the the magazine include: “Nearly 80 percent of teen mothers do not marry their baby’s father.  On average, these absent […]

California Core Competencies for Providers of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs/Services (2008)

The Core Competencies are intended for adult providers of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and serve as a foundation of professional capabilities that all providers should strive to possess in order to deliver effective, sensitive and appropriate sexual health care and services to adolescents. The Core Competencies are divided into 5 major domains: Professional and […]

Howard Brown Health Center (Chicago, IL)

Howard Brown Health Center was founded in 1974 and is now one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations.  Howard Brown Center is based in Chicago and serves men, women, infants, youth, and children through many health clinics and research centers.  For more information about Howard Brown Health Center’s history, click […]

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, founded in 1916, is an organization that is committed to providing trusted health care, educating and informing the community, leading the reproductive health and rights movement, and advancing global health. “Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s […]

Young Parents and Education (2006)

Illinois Caucus for Adulescent Heath (ICAH) surveyed 120 pregnant and parenting youth to learn about school, self-esteem, discrimination, and their hopes for the future. A large majority of those surveyed believe that it is important to finish high school, live in a safe place, and have medical coverage for their children and themselves. However, many […]

U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity (2013)

This report, compiled by Guttmacher Institute, contains the most recent statistics available (from 2008) on teenage pregnancy, birth, miscarriages and abortion.  It also details population trends and trends among states and information concerning different races and ethnicities.  The report is largely data, but has a lot of compelling key findings that are listed in the […]

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) (Illinois)

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) works exclusively with pregnant and parenting youth in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services care throughout Illinois. The Teen Parenting Service Network provides an array of service to youth in care and can link youths to professionals who can assist with case management, education, parenting classes and support […]

By the Numbers: The Public Costs of Teen Childbearing (2006)

This article, compiled by Dr. Saul Hoffman and reviewed by the National Campaign’s Effective Programs and Research Task Force, discusses the public sector costs of teen pregnancy affecting the federal, state and local governments and tax payers. The report is divided into the following sections: Context: Teen Births in the United States The Cost of a […]

The Odyssey Years: Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Older Teens (2010)

NCPTUP Despite a 39 percent decrease in the teen pregnancy rate and a one-third reduction in the teen birth rate since the early 1990s, recent data suggest that prog- ress has stalled. Between 2005 and 2006 both the teen pregnancy and teen birth rate increased for the first time since the early 1990s [1, 2]. […]