The Importance of Supporting Young Mothers
[Editor's Note: I wish I had read this post by Chaunie at Tiny Blue Lines in 2003. Maybe my journey would have been the same, but maybe I wouldn't have felt so alone, so judged, so abnormal just for being pregnant. I am all for supporting young mothers, for empowering them to be the best they can be whatever that means for each individual mom. -Jenna]
You can’t hide an unplanned pregnancy. It’s out there—in my case, way out there, for the world to see it. And honestly, the shame I felt and the fear I had of being judged was almost enough to make me want to try to hide it through abortion.
I want to send the message that young motherhood is nothing to be ashamed of, which is not to be confused with promoting any type of premarital pregnancy.
I want young mothers to feel empowered.
Photo Credit: koadmunkee.
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