Teenage Pregnancy

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Teenage Pregnancy 3 Teenage Pregnancy, Birth, and the Newborn When Jodi was fourteen she got pregnant by a friend of a friend at a party. As soon as she found out she was pregnant, she knew she tell her mother. In fact, she wanted to tell her. More than anything she wanted to hear her mother say that things would work out. But she didn't tell her, because she had been there when her older sister gave them the same news. Her parents were so sad-she had never seen her father cry before. Jodi could not do that to them! She started thinking of a way out. Suicide could be the answer, but could she go through with it. There had to be another way.

Jodi's situation didn't get any easier but after talking to a school counselor she began to find a way to work out her problem. She was referred to a social worker at Planned Parenthood and she was to see him the following day.

In her first session with Bill Johnson she spoke to him about what do next. Bill stressed to Jodi that her pregnancy was not uncommon and that there are always options to deal with what to do. Regarding Jodi's parents Bill told her that parent's first reaction, no matter how painful, will usually subside in time. Even if parents insist on being unhelpful or angry, other family members, friends, or counselors can often help by offering support.

Every year, an estimated one million teenage girls get pregnant in the United States. Frequently these girls don't know where to turn, who to talk to or what to do next. A Social Workers job can often include dealing with such a problem. If the decision of the women is to keep the child the...



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