Teen Pregnancy Books

From the editors of AmericanBaby.com

Synopses courtesy of Amazon.com

For a book on any subject, from the first signs of teenage pregnancy to one that details day-to-day fetal development, see our list of resources.

Young mothers face many challenges due to their age – and it can be hard to find someone to explain and relate to those challenges. Compiled by the editors of AmericanBaby.com, these books are a great place to start, whether you’re a soon-to-be young mother yourself or even a friend or family member of one.


You Look Too Young to Be a Mom: Teen Mothers Speak Out on Love, Learning, and Success
by Deborah Davis

Perigee Books (2004)

Here is the hard-won wisdom of more than 30 young women who didn't give up on their dreams once they found out they were pregnant. Rather, they went on to live the lives they'd always wanted. One woman had her baby, finished high school, then college, and is now in law school. One abused woman in Northern Canada managed to escape her abuser, raise her child, and start a career in music. The true stories of these resourceful women are mind-boggling, poignant, even inspiring.

The Unplanned Pregnancy Book for Teens and College Students
by Dorrie Williams-Wheeler

Sparkledoll Productions (2004)

Okay, you're pregnant and this is not how you planned things. It was a surprise, an accident, and unexpected event and you just don't know what to do.

The Unplanned Pregnancy Book for Teens and College Students is a helpful guide written to provide you with information and resources that can help you come to terms with how to handle your unplanned pregnancy. This book is not written to influence you or to change your mind about how you should deal with your unplanned pregnancy. This book aims to educate. Only you and the people who are helping you with the current situation can assist in determining the best option for you. Whether you plan to continue your pregnancy and become a parent, decide to terminate your pregnancy, or if you decide that adoption is the best option for you, The Unplanned Pregnancy Book for Teens and College Students is here to help you.

Special features include prenatal care guide, new baby item check list, DNA paternity testing information, listing of universities that offer family housing, information about programs such as WIC, Food Stamps, and Medicaid for low income mothers, information about mandatory waiting laws and parental consent and notification laws, information about types of adoption, birth control guide, web links and other valuable resources. Also includes real life stories from women who faced unplanned pregnancies.

The Youngest Parents: Teenage Pregnancy As It Shapes Lives
by Robert E. Coles, Daniel A. Coles (Photographer), Michael H. Coles (Photographer), Jocelyn Lee, John Moses

W. W. Norton & Company (1997)

Prominent child psychiatrist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Coles asks us to shed our preconceptions and listen to the compelling voices of young women and men who are soon to become parents though barely out of childhood themselves. These teenage parents are black, white, and Hispanic; city dwellers and residents of small towns. From conversations with these teenagers, Dr. Coles weaves a subtle yet dramatic narrative that reveals the aspirations and apprehensions of these "youngest parents" whose prospects aren't very promising and whose assumptions aren't always those he, or we, share. Young mothers don't have an easy time ahead of them, but many pregnant teens believe that the babies they carry will lead lives very different from their own, that their babies may find the success that eludes them and may escape the limitations they've suffered. Dr. Coles finds that the fathers' confusion and, sometimes, resentment give way to a deep longing for respect and a desire for a way out of lives limited by poverty and poor education.

Nurturing Your Newborn : Young Parents' Guide to Baby's First Month (Teen Pregnancy and Parenting series)
by Jeanne Warren Lindsay and Jean Brunelli

Morning Glory Press (2005)

Providing specific information teen parents need during that special and sometimes frustrating postpartum period, this book is designed to help parents get acquainted with their newborn. Chapters are filled with succinct information on "what's normal" for keeping baby comfortable, including breastfeeding, guarding baby's health, taking care of mom, dad's role, dealing with parents' tiredness, and three-generation living. Parents are given a realistic look at those first days home with their new baby—the overwhelming tiredness, the importance and joy of bonding with their newborn, and the possibility of baby blues. This guide escorts young parents through what is perhaps the most important period in a newborn's life, their first month after birth.

How To Survive Your Teen's Pregnancy: Practical Advice for a Christian Family
by Linda Ellen Perry

Chalfont House (2003)

Over 513,000 teens gave birth in 1995. The Christian community is not immune to the problem of teenage pregnancy. Each year, thousands of church leaders and church-going families suddenly find themselves with a pregnant teen daughter. But you never thought it would happen in your own Christian family.

Wondering what steps to take first? Where to find emotional support? Nervous about the response of family, friends, or the church? Overwhelmed by the options related to housing, finishing school, medical care, parenting, and adoption? There is help and hope even in the midst of your shock and pain!

If you’ve learned of your daughter’s pregnancy, be assured that you are not alone in your pain. Others have been where you are. Designed as a step-by-step guide and workbook to help parents of a pregnant teen or college student, How To Survive Your Teen’s Pregnancy will help you through the shock, disappointment, and anger, and show you how to redeem beauty from the ashes of this crisis.

Written in a devotional workbook format, each chapter of this 192-page book lovingly addresses an issue to discuss, a decision to examine, or an action to take. Read a related portion of Scripture, identify with a real-life story from those who have survived their teen’s pregnancy, and work through journaling exercises and practical action steps. Appendices list dozens of resource books and agencies. You’ll want to keep a spare copy on hand to give to your friend when they call to share the grief that their teen daughter is pregnant.




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