Pregnant! What Can I Do?: A Guide for Teenagers

Pregnant! What Can I Do?: A Guide for Teenagers

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by Tania Heller
     
 

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Each year in the United States, just under a million teenage girls become pregnant. Approximately three-quarters of these pregnancies are unintended, and more than a quarter of them end in abortion. A small percentage of teen parents choose adoption. This work serves as a guide for the pregnant teenager in getting help, making the right choices, and building a better…  See more details below

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Each year in the United States, just under a million teenage girls become pregnant. Approximately three-quarters of these pregnancies are unintended, and more than a quarter of them end in abortion. A small percentage of teen parents choose adoption. This work serves as a guide for the pregnant teenager in getting help, making the right choices, and building a better future. It provides in-depth discussion of the three choices--adoption, parenting, and abortion--available to pregnant teenagers and presents interviews with teens who chose each of these options. This work also provides information for teenage girls about discovering that they are pregnant, the thought processes and reactions they may have, what they can do, where they can go for help, what they can do to take control of their situation, the role of their child's father, and the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. A listing of numerous resources for pregnant teens is also included.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Despite the striking urgency of its title, this book takes an objective look at teen pregnancy and pragmatically explores a pregnant teen's options. The cover photo has teen appeal, depicting a pensive, tearful adolescent wearing preppy-looking school clothes. There is little attempt, however, to lure teen interest beyond the straightforward presentation of subject matter. Heller succeeds in her intent as stated in her introduction to "present the facts in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner." Her second chapter, titled "How Could It Happen to Me?" explores possible reactions to an unplanned pregnancy. Here Heller briefly outlines reactions such as denial, depression, and shame, using a few sentences to sketch examples. In the next chapter she moves on to "Taking Control." She writes, "You do have control with respect to decision making now." How refreshing to have that so clearly established! In subsequent chapters, the book carefully examines a young woman's three main options: parenting, adoption, and abortion. All are offered with no perceivable bias. There are no graphics to enliven the text. The chapters are short and punctuated by subheadings, making it possible to skim for relevant information. Although there are some stories of girls (and guys) and their decisions, they are brief and not very satisfying. For a more personal touch, try Surviving Teen Pregnancy by Polly Bergman (Morning Glory Press, 1991, revised 1996/VOYA October 1991). Otherwise, this reference is a solid book for young adult collections. Index. Source Notes. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High,defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, McFarland, 150p,
— Diane Masla
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Teens who need information regarding pregnancy will find Heller's conversational tone easy to read and reassuring. After a brief discussion about the "surprise" of conception, the author focuses on showing readers how to take control of the situation and of their lives, learning how to parent, and seeking support from those who care about them and their babies. Separate chapters are devoted to discussing the advantages and disadvantages of teen parenting, adoption, and abortion. The chapter on what to expect during the pregnancy, how to take care of oneself, and labor and delivery is not detailed but is clearly written. The book concludes with information regarding contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. Appendixes include a Pregnancy Action Plan and five pages of resources that address each possible decision. There are many recent additions to this subject including three books with the same title-Teen Pregnancy-by Jennifer Hurley (Greenhaven, 2000), Patrice Cassedy (Lucent, 2001), and Myra Immell (Greenhaven, 2001). The advantage to Heller's offering is its straightforward, warm, and can-do approach.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
A straightforward, personable, unbiased guide directed to teenage girls who find themselves pregnant. The author is a pediatrician with a special interest in adolescent medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786480814
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/15/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
327 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland (washingtoncenteronline.com). She is the author of four other books.

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