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Community Advocacy and Support by and for Young Mothers

Adventures in Breastfeeding by Jess DelBalzo

When I was younger, I swore up and down that when I had children, I would never do it.

My mother reminds me now and then: I was adamant about it. But as soon as my baby was born, I forgot all of my previous promises, and now I can't seem to stop. I do it all the time, and... Find Out More

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

Give Me Just One Good Reason
By Mary DuChene

Many days I get home from work and class at 3 p.m. and realize I haven’t had a chance to eat or pee since 7:30 in the morning. I pick up the mail and sometimes, if I am lucky, there’s a child support check. The last one was for $184.63. The check stub helpfully informs me that the non-... Find Out More

I am proud that I made the best choice for my life and that of my child, even though the thousands of people who are yelling at women and trying to control their bodies try to make that choice look bad. I am proud I didn't let myself be bothered by the opinions of people who would ever judge another person for how they chose to... Find Out More

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."