A dose of support for young mamas during Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

A picture of a young woman holding a baby with the caption No Teen Shame

Source: Strong Families Blog

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention month, which means that throughout the month you can expect to see campaigns and coverage dedicated pretty much exclusively to telling you how young women who are mothers are ruining America for all of us. But we’re not into the shaming of young mothers here, and we are very happy to give you a good dose of dignity for young mamas.And what better way to do so than by giving some super fierce young mothers Natasha Vianna and Marylouise Kuti-Schubert the chance to speak for themselves?

The shame we felt from our families, our friends, healthcare providers, school staff, our community, and our peers deeply affected our internal sense of purpose in the world. We were young women working to transition into adulthood while our environment refused to see us as anything more than “children having children.” Our passion and dedication to grow and be better mothers, better women, and better people were not the goals our society would accept.

The barriers that prevented us from defining and achieving our own successes often came from these negative environments and from society’s constant stigmatization of what my family was suppose to look like and how our dreams didn’t fit into the cultural norm. Our roles as mamas were disrespected.

Check out their whole piece here, and make sure to go through the #NoTeenShame hashtag for more.

1bfea3e7449eff65a94e2e55a8b7acda-bpfullVerónica is so grateful for the voices of fierce young mamas!

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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and artist.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/gurlzone/ Deborah May

    Teen moms should have no reason to feel ashamed. Young women have become mothers in their teens for millenia. The only shame is ours for stigmatizing teen mothers in our modern world and refusing to provide them with the abundance of resources and loving support every mother deserves.