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Teen Pregnancy - Part 2 - A Peer Response

From: Karen Brown
Series: Teen Pregnancy - A Crisis, A Response, A Reality
Length: 05:36

Part 2 in series on teen pregnancy -- a peer-centered response to the problem.

Teenpregphoto_small THE SECOND PART OF A SERIES ON TEEN PREGNANCY PROFILES AN EFFORT BY A SPRINGFIELD OBSTETRICIAN AND A GROUP OF TEENAGERS TO STEM THE TREND OF TEEN PREGNANCY IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. TWO HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS IN PARTICULAR SPEAK BLUNTLY ABOUT THEIR OWN SEXUAL EDUCATION, AND THE CHALLENGES TO GETTING THEIR PEERS TO CARE ABOUT PREGNANCY PREVENTION. This piece can also stand alone.

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THE SECOND PART OF A SERIES ON TEEN PREGNANCY PROFILES AN EFFORT BY A SPRINGFIELD OBSTETRICIAN AND A GROUP OF TEENAGERS TO STEM THE TREND OF TEEN PREGNANCY IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. TWO HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS IN PARTICULAR SPEAK BLUNTLY ABOUT THEIR OWN SEXUAL EDUCATION, AND THE CHALLENGES TO GETTING THEIR PEERS TO CARE ABOUT PREGNANCY PREVENTION. This piece can also stand alone.

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Review of Teen Pregnancy - Part 2 - A Peer Response

This piece is in touch with youth. It gets the point of view that most adults don't want to hear but its kind of funny because the young women in this piece are talking about how it's stupid to get pregnant and be ignorant to the birth control methods. I especially liked the part about how they were in a sense, encouraging teens to talk with their parents because pregnancy effects the whole family.

Broadcast History

Aired first on WFCR.

Transcript

LAST YEAR, ALMOST 500 BABIES WERE BORN TO TEENAGE MOTHERS IN SPRINGFIELD. OBSTETRICIAN SARAH PEREZ MCADOO MET MANY OF THESE YOUNG WOMEN ON HER EXAMINING TABLE -- TOO LATE, OF COURSE, TO PREVENT THEIR PREGNANCIES. BUT BECAUSE SHE'S SO APPALLED BY THE RISING NUMBER OF TEEN MOTHERS, MCADOO IS TAKING IT UPON HERSELF TO INTERVENE. ON HER OWN TIME, SHE VISITS HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS SPRINGFIELD AND HOLYOKE, AND THE FIRST THING SHE TELLS STUDENTS IS HER JOB TITLE -- DIRECTOR OF OB-GYN AT BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER.

*part of it is just being a role model in the community. i'm a latina. i speak spanish fluently, and i was raised by a single mother, and i've been able to go to school and bc a professional.

WHEN MCADOO FINDS A YOUNG PERSON WHO IS MOTIVATED TO STAY IN SCHOOL AND TO AVOID EARLY PARENTHOOD -- SHE MOVES ONTO THE NEXT STEP. SHE RECRUITS THEM FOR WHAT SHE CALLS THE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT A...
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