Teen Mother to Teacher: support for sex ed and birth control

Teen Mother to Teacher: support for sex ed and birth control


I was born and raised in El Centro… all
my 22 years. Being a part of the Latino community here
in the Imperial Valley… there are things that you don’t talk about and sex is one
of them. Because of our excruciatingly high teen-pregnancy
rate the local high school district has a daycare for teen moms. At about 15 I became sexually active. There was no place here in the Imperial Valley
where I could get birth control. The closest thing that we had was in San Diego. The ordeal to go 2-hours away to get birth
control was taxing on me. At 16, simple as that I got pregnant because
I wasn’t able to make the trip to San Diego so often. Not many girls are as lucky as I to have family
to support me through a whole teen pregnancy and the stigma that comes with it. My mom always said if you want to do adult
things — i.e. have sex, get pregnant, have a child, like I did at such a young age — you
have to put on your big girl pants. I graduated with a 4.2. I worked very hard. It’s sink or swim and when you have a child
on your hip you’ve got to swim. When Planned Parenthood came to El Centro,
it meant everything. The education level can rise and the teen
pregnancy rate can lower. That’s just what’s going to happen.

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