The Girlmom community is organizing to present a workshop at the US Social Forum along with SisterSong about reproductive health justice for young parents.
The US Social Forum (USSF) held in Atlanta Georgia from June 27 - July 1, 2007 is more than a conference, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression.... Find Out More
Custody and Child Support
By an older mama ally
Before the unexpected pregnancy that made it all a reality, I thought about having kids in what I thought was a pretty realistic way. I even figured that there would be a good chance that I’d be a single mother, and felt prepared to deal with that. The custody battle was a different... Find Out More
Girl-Mom publisher Bee Lavender talks about the experience of becoming a teen parent, and why she started this site: One cold, clear night in the spring of 1990 I let myself into my parents' home, quietly walked through the house without turning on the lights, and taped a note to the bathroom window. It read: "I'm pregnant. I'm sorry... 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."