First of all talk to your parents! They are your greatest support network. My parents gave me the opportunity to make my own choice about my pregnancy and I chose to keep my baby, but if I had chosen any other option they would have supported my decision.
If you don’t think you can talk to your parents, go to a school counselor or another adult you trust.
Whatever you choose to do, stay in school! Pregnancy is a life altering experience but it doesn’t mean that your future is lost. Keep working toward your goals and don’t throw away any opportunities you have to secure a brighter future for you and your child.
Websites for information and assistance:
Baby Cost Calculator – I found this on babycenter.com. This is a real eye opener on how much a baby is going to cost initially and each month after you buy the important needs before the baby is born.
Option Line – Helpline for pregnancy, morning-after-pill, abortion, and after abortion.
Lifecall – Assistance for teens that do not want abortions.
Planned Parenthood – Information and services for reproductive health.
Medicaid – Government provided health insurance for low income families, pregnant women and children.
WIC – Government program that provides healthy food for qualified children up to 5 years old and pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women.
Stay Teen – Advice on abstinence, safe sex and healthy relationships.
Stand Up Girl – Online community for pregnant teens/mothers. Also has information and resources for help.
Giving Diapers, Giving Hope – Non-Profit Organization that loans cloth diapers to low income families. The diapers need to be returned after you are finished using them so they can assist another family. Out of the area clients will have to pay a shipping cost but it is much cheaper than purchasing cloth diapers if you qualify.
Cloth For All – Loans cloth diapers to low income families for up to a year. This can be extended if needed.
Cribs for Kids – Provides Graco pack and play portable cribs to parents that need a safe place for their baby to sleep. If there is no partner that works with them in your area, they allow you to purchase a pack and play at their reduced price of $49.99 + $12.00 shipping from Graco.
Birth And Babies – Free online classes that cover subjects from pregnancy, labor and delivery, new baby and early parenting.
Babies-R-Us – Offers new parent classes covering baby basics, breastfeeding, infant CPR and more in many of their locations. You can do a state specific search to find classes available in your area.
The Center For Parenting Education – Free online parenting classes that cover a wide range of subjects.
Military Specific Programs:
CGMA Layette Program – The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Layette Program provides a layette package (containing a receiving blanket, outfits and other items for a newborn child) to families of the Coast Guard community following the birth or adoption a child.
AFAS Bundles for Babies – Provides a budgeting class and layette set on completion of the class for active duty military.
NMCRS Budgeting for Baby – Provides a budgeting and financial planning class for expectant parents. Participants receive a Junior Sea Bag (layette set) on completion of the class.
Operation Shower – Baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment
Operation Showers of Appreciation – Baby Showers and other assistance for Military.
South Carolina Virtual Public Schools:
SC Virtual School Program – The South Carolina Virtual School Program (SCVSP) is a FREE online learning program for students in grades 7-12 who attend a public, private, or home school in South Carolina.
Connections Academy – Free Public South Carolina Virtual School
South Carolina Virtual Charter School – Free SC Public Charter School
Provost Academy of South Carolina – Tuition Free Online High School
Palmetto State E-Cademy – South Carolina Online Charter School
The information on this page will grow as I find more resources.