Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Your Pregnancy &Newborn Journey:A Guide for Teens

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the historical YA novel The Water Seeker by Kimberly Holt, and mentioned the risks of childbirth and it's challenges. Afterward, as if I were a desperate teen in need of information, I searched for a book on teen pregnancy. What books are out there?

Your Pregnancy & Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens by Jeanne Warren Lindsay and Lean Brunelli PHN, who have worked with hundreds of pregnant teens, is an absolutely wonderful book, well worth the read. The authors don't sugar coat what teens go through physically, or the tough finances, school issues, problems with parents or the ten percent of pregnant woman who are abused. The authors never talk down to their audience and seem to care a lot about kids as they empower them with knowledge to help in their decision making.

The authors' focus is on having a healthy pregnancy, avoiding drugs, eating right, and staying in school, but they don't avoid discussing facts about adoption and abortion openly and in a nonjudgmental way. " . . . you have more options if your pregnancy is verified early. . . An abortion performed early, preferably during the first twelve weeks after conception, is easier on the woman physically and emotionally." This is true and they need to know it. An excellent chapter about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases was included.

The chapter on teen dads engages guys directly: "As you probably know, many people think teen fathers don't care about their babies or their babies' mothers. They think teen fathers only want to make as many girls pregnant as possible. Of course many teen fathers aren't like that at all. You probably aren't or you wouldn't be reading this book." The authors provide numerous interesting quotes from teen men and women trying to stay together, and the difficulties in succeeding.

The Unplanned Pregnancy Book: for Teens and College Studentsa self-published book, by Dorrie Williams-Wheeler, gives the hard facts about the complicated nitty gritty of pregnancy testing, doctors, government assistance, emergency shelters for protection from abuse, as well as all her legal options, including continuing pregnancy, adoption, child support and pregnancy termination and birth control. It lists colleges that has family housing available. It is a less polished book in terms of editing, but the information seemed accurate and comprehensive.

Another book entitled, Life Interrupted: the Scoop on Being a Young Mom, by author Tricia Goyer, is a well-written, faith based approach to unexpected motherhood.  As would be expected, it does not explore all the options available to teens who find themselves pregnant.

I advise those buying a book about teen pregnancy for a friend or relative, to read it first. I found these three all quite different.

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