Early Saturday morning, around 10:45 a.m., authorities in Highland Park, Michigan were called to a tragic scene. A newborn baby boy had been found wrapped in a pillowcase, abandoned next to a dumpster. Miraculously, the child survived. However, the story took a strange twist.
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Changes in family structure aren’t a new concept in the United States, but as a new study suggests, the family unit is still shifting. Whereas just 30 years ago, the majority of couples having children were married, births among unmarried couples began to rise. The biggest recent jump came from 2006 to 2010, where cohabitating unions went from 41 percent to 58 percent.
A new warning will soon be issued for a European-sold emergency contraceptive pill, Norlevo. According to manufacturers, the pill loses its effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds, and it’s completely ineffective in women who weigh more than 176 pounds.
Though the morning-after pill will soon be available over-the-counter to all women, researchers say that better access isn’t going to solve the issue of unwanted pregnancies in America. And while the reason for this is still unknown, they do have a few ideas.
Since the 1930’s Finland has provided a maternity package to all new parents. These government issued cardboard boxes contain only a handful of items, but each and every necessity item ensures that all children, no matter what their family background, receive everything they need to be safely and accurately cared for.
The United States hails itself as one of the world’s strongest leaders. And many other countries look to the U.S. when trying to turn their communist or poverty-stricken countries around. Yet America fails in so many areas where you would expect a “leader” country to excel. When compared to other developed countries, the maternity benefits in the U.S. are severely lacking.
We hear the stories of bad teen moms every day. The ones that abandon their children or leave them at home alone. But where are the stories that encourage and uplift other expectant and teen mothers? If Caitlin Tiller is any indication, they’re hidden and tucked away because adults fear these stories will glorify and promote teen pregnancy.
While teen birth rates have dropped in the United States in recent years, they are still the the highest in the developed world.
Over 80% of teenage pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended; approximately one third end in abortion, one third end in spontaneous miscarriage, and one third will continue their pregnancy and keep their baby.
Teen pregnancy is a problem for a number of reasons; not only are teens and their babies at a higher risk of pregnancy-related complications, teen girls are less likely to graduate from high school or pursue a college degree than their same aged peers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, teen pregnancy rates in the US came in at a record low back in 2011: there were 31 births for every 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19.
With presidential elections just around the corner, a new study may shed some light on the possible benefits of the Affordable Care Act – a provision implemented by President Barack Obama.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans are required to provide birth control either free or at an affordable rate.
Over the last 40 years, Foundling’s Mother/Child program has helped several young women learn how to be independent, responsible parents and adults. They are offered a place to live. A weekly allowance is given and they are taught how to budget that money. They learn important life skills, like cooking and grocery shopping. Basic infant care is also taught to the young women because they are all pregnant.