girl-mom

Community Advocacy and Support by and for Young Mothers

Birthing Power
by Joan

Having a baby can change your life in incredible ways, either positive or negative. If you've decided that you want to have a natural birth, there are many things you can do to make it a powerful and joyful experience. The first thing you need is to know your rights.

You have the right to enjoy your... Find Out More

I am proud that I made the best choice for my life and that of my child, even though the thousands of people who are yelling at women and trying to control their bodies try to make that choice look bad. I am proud I didn't let myself be bothered by the opinions of people who would ever judge another person for how they chose to... Find Out More

I Was A Teenage Transsexual Super Mom
by Kathleen Assensi

The colossal automobile hurtled past the stop sign and into the intersection, leaving Ricky no time to turn the wheel or hit the brakes. Sitting in the dingy passenger seat (and struggling to hurry, hurry, hurry; get the seat belt on), I saw it all happening with... Find Out More

Here are some resources that you can find online. Look for even more in the EMPOWER zine, coming to a teen mama near YOU.

Reproductive Health

http://www.positive.org

http://www.scarleteen.com

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About Girl-Mom

Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.

We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.

Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.

We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."