Check out the following resources for more ways to support your teen during and after the pregnancy. These resources also include information on sexual health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1 in 5 births to teens ages 15-19 are repeat births. The best thing we can do for our teens is to provide accurate information, talk with them about ways to avoid additional pregnancies, and connect them with support services offered within their community.
The Parents’ Sex Ed Center portion of this website offers a wide range of information on teens, sex, and the importance of parental guidance.
A valuable website for grandparents and, in particular, the article on, “Accidental Grandparents – How should you react when a teen becomes pregnant?”
Information on what you can do to help your teen prevent a repeat pregnancy.
This website by the American Sexual Health Association offers everything you and your teen would want to know about sexual health, relationships, pregnancy, and parenthood.
This website covers a wide variety of health areas for kids and teens. Under the Parent Tab, check out “When Your Teen is Having a Baby” located under the School & Family Life/Tough Topics tab. It covers it all and provides additional links for healthy pregnancy and delivery. Under the Teen Tab, click on “Sexual Health” and you will find information on STI’s, contraceptives, and more.
This website from the US has quality information on a variety of adolescent health topics, including healthy relationships, reproductive health, and mental health.
This website from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative has a link for parents where you will find useful tips on communicating with your teen and valuable information about adolescent development.
The parent section has tips and scripts to help parents begin conversations with their teens about relationships, love, sex, and birth control. On this site you will also find Stay Teen which is designed for teens covering issues like relationships, waiting to have sex, and contraception.
The Teen Pregnancy Statistics website has resources for parents to read that outline the kinds of support their pregnant and parenting teen may need and some ideas about how parents can provide that support. This section also gives parents ideas about what problems to look out for so they can provide help earlier.
You and your teen parent can call the National Parent Helpline for emotional support and help finding local resources. They have a toll free phone line open to parents and caregivers of children and youth of all ages.
1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736)
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday through Friday
10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST
This hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential and anyone can call.
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in over 170 languages.