A simply written guide for the poorly informed but potentially or actually pregnant. The authors offer some encouragement...

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UNDER 18 AND PREGNANT

A simply written guide for the poorly informed but potentially or actually pregnant. The authors offer some encouragement for ""not doing it"" (""A couple can enjoy each other sexually and even have orgasm without having intercourse""), explain ""how babies are made,"" debunk pregnancy-prevention myths (cola spray) or ""what hardly works at all"" (withdrawal, rhythm), and review standard contraceptive methods. (""Any teenager is legally entitled to buy condoms in a drugstore without a prescription""; ""don't re-use them,"") Next comes a discussion of ""Choices""--abortion, adoption, raising the baby married or unmarried--and, for those who so choose, some basic advice for health care in pregnancy and baby care afterward. It may be difficult to follow their ""Whatever you do, don't get yourself 'tracked' just because you're pregnant,"" but readers may be encouraged by the information that a federal act won't allow schools to ""make [a pregnant girl] stay home or put her into a special program."" Among the schooling options reviewed are special programs, staying in your regular classes, and home tutoring. For further help the authors append lists of adolescent clinics, maternity services, adoption agencies, salvation armies, and others. . . right down to La Leche League. Deliberately unimposing.

Pub Date: April 12, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1983