EENAGE AND PREGNANT by Henna Silverstein


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Combining interviews with 100 pregnant or parenting teen-agers and the results of scientific studies, Silverstein delivers information and harsh realities for both sexes: full descriptions of sexually transmitted diseases and abortion procedures; the statistic that nine out of ten girls are abandoned by their partners during pregnancy (a sad irony for girls who were afraid to lose boyfriends by saying no); and the fact that some girls are more afraid of being known as birth-control users than of being pregnant. The practical information that the author offers for coping include: ways to say no; birth-control options; adoption procedures, as well as the rights of birth and adoptive parents; prenatal development, month-by-month; specifics of prenatal exams and self-care (e.g., don't overlook the alcoholic content of cough syrup). Silverstein is nonjudgmental about sexual activity, abortion, adoption, and child-raising, but the profiles may convince: ""It hurts like crazy to give my baby up, but it was the only choice. . .signing a piece of paper doesn't take away your baby's place in your heart. Never."" Bibliography; resource list; index not seen.

Pub Date: Dec. 23rd, 1988
Page count: 148pp
Publisher: Messner