girl-mom

Community Advocacy and Support by and for Young Mothers

Your Government, Your Rights
by Allison Crews

Applying for and receiving government aid

Your kid's gotta eat, you need a place to live, and you need to see a doctor. That's just the way it is. But many parents are too ashamed of the social stigma attached to recipients of government aid to seek the help they need. Let go... Find Out More

Mama Needs a Lawyer! by Mary DuChene

Like it or not, the government is a party to your custody decisions and your decision to marry or divorce. Of course, it is always best if mom and dad can work it out informally and avoid the court system, but sometimes that just isn’t possible.

Fuck the Government – Talk it Out... Find Out More

Birth Control: Know Your Options
by Jen

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

Here are some resources that you can find online. Look for even more in the EMPOWER zine, coming to a teen mama near YOU.

Reproductive Health

http://www.positive.org

http://www.scarleteen.com

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About Girl-Mom

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."