Pregnant teens receive motherly guidance
One hundred seventy-three. According to the State Center for Health Statistics, that’s how many teen pregnancies, between the ages of 10 and 19, occurred in Henderson County in 2007: 173. Linda Carter, family education and support director with the Children & Family Resource Center, and the Rev. Joyce Beschta, deacon with St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, feel that’s too many.
“It affects the lives of both the mother and the baby,” said Beschta.
“This is so under the radar,” said Carter. “No one recognizes the cost. (We want) to raise awareness.”
The pregnancy rate in Henderson County is 65.9 per 1,000, in the age range of 15 to 19. North Carolina’s pregnancy rate is 63.
“Just in Henderson County, from 2006 to 2007, there was a 4 percent increase,” said Carter.
“We’ve got to start somewhere and we’ve got to stop this,” said Beschta. “A young girl who gets pregnant in high school interrupts her whole life, her development process.”
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