Senior Honors Project
Teen pregnancy is a major concern in the United States. Although teen pregnancy rates have declined, teen pregnancy still exists and babies are still born to girls who may not be well prepared to achieve a healthy pregnancy and subsequently parent. Today, there are many pregnancy materials on the market; however, most pregnancy products are geared toward pregnant adults. This project attempts to address the access gap for teen pregnancy education. This project includes two components. The paper component, also known as the educator’s companion, which is meant to be utilized by the educator working with the teen who uses the app. Information provided will include how to assist the teen in understanding her economic and health management resources, as well as planning for family and social support in pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period. The second component is a smart phone application (app) entitled “Pregnancy Management for Teens: Center for the Expecting Teen” or “PM4Teens”. The app covers the same topics provided in the educator’s companion to provide the teen with the knowledge that she may seek out in her own time when she feels most comfortable. The purpose of this text is not to encourage teen pregnancy, but to assist the educator in providing accurate, age appropriate education to the teens who do become pregnant.
Thermos-Cordes, Brittany R., "The Evolution of Teen Pregnancy: A Comprehensive “Application” to Educate Teen Mothers" (2013). Antonian Scholars Honors Program. 24.