Teen pregnancies and births continued to be a challenge for us in , but we continued to see encouraging results. Having a baby as a teenager impacts the mom, the dad, the baby and the whole community. This sustained effort with evidence-based interventions is one factor that has contributed to the decline in teen pregnancies. There are literally thousands of kids around the state learning about healthy relationships and the impact of having a baby before they are ready.
Adolescent Health | HHS Office of Population Affairs
Angelica is 15 years old, and she is excited about going to her first formal school dance with her 16 year old boyfriend. The dance is fun and afterward the couple decides to have sex for the first time, caught up in this special occasion. She is pregnant. She first tells her boyfriend, who gets angry and storms out of her life. She then bravely tells her parents, who are shocked, but supportive.
And being able to get things I need for the baby was such a help. The Starting Out Right for Teen Parents SORTP program provides expectant and parenting youth with an innovative combination of pre- and post-natal supports—including case management, pregnancy and parenting education classes, home visits, and a companion mobile app—to increase their protective factors and reduce the risk of rapid repeat pregnancy. Case management Starting during pregnancy, participants meet with case managers once or twice a month to discuss their needs, set goals, and receive referrals to resources and services, including housing, education, and employment. Case managers also ensure that participants have the material supports they need to care for their babies, such as diapers, clothing, and cribs. Consistent with the patient-centered medical home model of comprehensive care, participants meet with case managers at the same community health centers where they receive primary care, dental care, and other health services.
We continue to work with our partners across the state to provide evidence-based and evidence-informed programs to make sure our teens hear information in a way that makes a difference to them. I am not a robot. Notify me when new comments are added. Cara M.