The Story Behind The Story
J. Anderson Coats (aka nilliaj)
Recently, my essay on the production of historical fiction appeared in Mamaphonic, an anthology that deals with creativity and motherhood. I did what promotion I could manage, cheerfully badgering local libraries and bookstores to carry it and sending out a few review... Find Out More
Birth Control: Know Your Options
There are many different kinds of birth control options. They vary in price, difficulty to use, availability, side effects, and cost. Choosing the birth control that is right for you can be an empowering experience. To make an informed choice, you must first know the facts about different... Find Out More
September 10th, 2001
by Jamie Colboth
I am only 24, and I know the meaning of life. I have survived teenage pregnancy. I was the girl at graduation with the teeny bump in her belly, not even visible to the human eye. Well, at least not when I was dressed. My clothes got tight, donft get me wrong, but I was only 3 months along... Find Out More
You’re on welfare, you’re single, you don’t know who your kid’s dad is, you used to be an addict, you didn’t finish high school, you aren’t old enough to work or drive, vote or drink, you aren’t married, you aren’t rich, you haven’t graduated yet, you live with your parents, you’ve had multiple pregnancies,... Find Out More
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."