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Beyond Unintended Pregnancy

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Teen pregnancy is a hot topic in the media. Reality shows about the struggles of teen motherhood have become popular entertainment. Though teenage mothers like these often require a significant amount of attention and assistance, women of every age experiencing an unintended pregnancy need similar support. By age 45, more than half of all American women will have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and over half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended (Guttmacher Institute, 2013).

Unintended pregnancies can leave women scared, stressed, and confused. They may need assistance getting food or a place to live. They may desire to come up with a birth plan or an adoption plan. In politics and the media, single mothers are portrayed in a negative light. There are stereotypes that a child born out of wedlock always has an absent father, or that two married parents that have a child will not struggle in the same ways that single mothers do. In actuality, every mother needs support, no matter her lifestyle. There are those that may require extra support because of life circumstances such as homelessness, financial struggles, unpreparedness, and a general lack of parenting resources, among other issues. With the economy in a very unstable state, having a child can be financially unfeasible for many types of mothers and families, not just teens.

Catholic Charities sees every pregnancy as a blessing, and every life as precious. The agency provides pregnancy support for those mothers that need a variety of life-giving services during pregnancy: ranging from assistance in preparing for parenting to establishing an adoption plan. All ages, races, incomes, and religions are accepted. Teenage mothers as well as older mothers are assisted. Sometimes, a mother just needs a little extra help to make the best life for her and her child.

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/FB-Unintended-Pregnancy-US.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/08/01/the-war-on-single-mothers.html

By Mishaun Mitchell 
Adoption/Pregnancy Support Social Worker

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte © 2014