Well, I'm in a nice size city and I'm in an inner city school. At my school alone there are at least 5 girls who are currently pregnant and that's just the one's I know of. I'm sure there are more. There are 4 who have had babies since the start of this school year. Again, just the one's I know of. There are at least 7 who are mothers attending school. Again, just the one's I know of.
This does not include the high amount of girls who come to me each week asking if I give pregnancy tests which of course I can't and many are way too scared to tell their parent and can't get access to a test.
This is a very huge, huge problem where I'm at. I'm in a 9-12 school of close to 1100 students.
There are about 5 high schools in my district. We are all inner city schools. The other nurses see quite a few.
As a matter of fact they are looking into starting a teenage mom program where moms can bring their babies to school. They will really work with the girls to keep them in school, and help them become successful in life after high school.
We need more education base programs too to help prevent this.
Sad, thing is so many of these girls are doing it because they are looking for love in all the wrong ways because they are not getting it at home. So, so sad. That is not always 100% of the case because even girls who have all the love at home, and come from good homes with 2 parents can still end up pregnant at a young age. I know I end up pregnant at 17. Came from a 2 parent home full of love and had mostly everything.
I have seen a lot of stuff working as a high school nurse. I really would like to create a program for teenage girls. Something, I'm heavily thinking about.