teen pregnancy

Teen mom shares photos right after having her baby versus now that she's grown

‘I was 15 and pregnant. No one ever asked my boyfriend any questions. No one ever gave him dirty looks at the store.’: Teen mom advocates for right to choose ‘with love, support, and help for ANY decision’

“Some say, ‘If you don’t want the baby you should just put ‘it’ up for adoption.’ As if putting ‘it’ up for adoption is the easy thing. As if pregnancy leaves no scars. As if once the child is born, she could move on as if nothing ever happened.”

Couple on the left walk hand in hand down a nature path, on the right the same couple hold their newborn adopted son

‘We have a birth mom in labor. Might you be interested?’ It hadn’t been 2 days since the crippling news. ‘Could this be it?’: After two failed adoptions, couple adopt baby boy

“I logged onto Facebook to find a message from a woman I didn’t know, claiming the expectant mom had told her she’d be placing her baby with them. Within weeks, I received a dozen more emails from different families claiming the same thing. Our dream suddenly became a nightmare.”

On the left, man and woman embrace lovingly, on the right, teen mom holds her newborn before placing the baby with it's adoptive parents

‘How could I have been so selfish for getting pregnant?’ At 18, there was someone growing inside of me.’: Teen birth mom shares emotional adoption plan, ‘I knew they’d never go a day without being loved’

“The rush to the bathroom every morning, the little kicks in my stomach, the constant embarrassment – it was a lot to deal with at such a young age in such a small town. The guilt was eating at me. Then I found them. A picture of a couple and 2 tiny pairs of shoes underneath a sign reading: waiting for you.”

‘Here he comes,’ my OB said. The entire room fell into an ear-piercing silence. ‘Are you aware your son has abnormalities?’: Young mom celebrates ‘one in a million’ son born with limb differences 

“I couldn’t find my voice. My brain was still processing. She placed him on my chest. He was so warm, so beautiful. As I took him in, the film ‘Wonde’r I’d watched during pregnancy flashed. I’d turned to my best friend and said, ‘I could never be ashamed of my child if they were born special. That’s all the more reason to treasure them.’ Gratitude filled my heart. I was chosen for this.”

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