This is attributed to the better use of contraceptives and reduced sexual activities among the youths. Researchers established that 4 out of 10 girls become pregnant at least once before the age of 20, in America. Teenage mothers are at risk of developing long-term problems in several areas of life such as poverty, school failure, and physical and mental problems. In order to help and encourage teenage mothers seek better future lives, they need support from their families, local authorities, mentors and counselors. The local authority, for example, has introduced various programs that help teenage parents acquire quality education and better housing among other programs. This paper supports that teenage pregnancy should be supported by public programs like special schooling, free on-site day care, and free or reduced housing.
Most pregnant girls and their families consider the teenage pregnancies as crisis. Its consequences include denial, guilt and anger. Pregnant teenagers need special medical care, understanding, and education, especially about infections, substance abuse, nutrition, and pregnancy complications (Weatherley & Perlman, 2003). Additionally, they need to learn that the use of substances such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs can lead to premature births. Proper medical care should be provided at the beginning of pregnancy to all pregnant teenagers. As a crisis, pregnant teens can develop several emotional reactions. These can include rejection of their babies, failure to recognize responsibilities, depression, guilt and fears about the future (Furstenberg, 2003). There may be situations where a pregnant teen’s mental state and emotional reactions will require involvement of mental health professionals. There are cases where babies, born to teenage mothers, have been rejected because their mothers are not sure of their roles and responsibilities as mothers. Parents