Student group provides support for teen parents at Patterson

November 12, 2017

By Justyce Medley

Nearly one third of teen girls who have dropped out of high school did so because of pregnancy or parenthood; and only 40% of teen moms graduate from high school, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. Perhaps surprisingly, this is actually a record low for U.S. teens and a drop of 8% from 2014. Birth rates fell 9% for women aged 15–17 years and 7% for women aged 18–19 years. But the numbers are still high, especially among blacks and Hispanics.

While most teen moms never planned to become pregnant, they still do everything they can to be good mothers for their children.

Student Faith Jones says she love everything about being a mom. She only hates getting up in the middle of the night.

Student Windy says, “I love when my son smiles back at me”.

There are many reasons why teen moms love what they do, even if it gets hard. Parenting blogger Stephanie Precourt shares some words of wisdom for new moms: “There will be so many times you feel like you failed, but in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you are super mom”.

If you are a teen parent or are expecting a child, there is a support group at Patterson to help you. The group is called Parent Life. It is a safe space for teen parents to share their experiences, ask questions, and get plugged into a wide range of resources that can help them and their children. For more information, see Ms. Hope.