Dr. Drew had special guests Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and Cateylnn Lowell on his show to discuss the often uncomfortable topic of teen pregnancy. The fact is that today nearly 1,000 teens will give birth to babies and the show Teen Mom has actually been shown to bring down United States teen pregnancy rates. Do not get this fact wrong, there are still way too many teen pregnancies happening in the United States, but with the show Teen Mom bringing out the discussions and real life situations of teens who get pregnant it has appeared teens are listening and parents are discussing.
When I was growing up, we did not talk about sex in our household. I remember being 14 years old and asking my mother to get me birth control pills, she clearly said no way. When I was a teen it was easy to go get birth control pills from Planned Parenthood without a parent signing, and that is exactly what I did. I did not want to be a teen mom, because I was raised by one. I saw how difficult it was first hand to be raised by a teen mother.
Dr. Drew held a no hold bars conversation with Teen Mom’s Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and Cateylnn Lowell tonight during his Dr. Drew Show. MTV started following Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and Cateylnn Lowell when they were young, naive and pregnant. They all faced different trials … absent and unsupportive partners, death of a loved one, and the struggle of choosing adoption.
When asked what each girl would say to parents of teens or to teens out in the world watching this tonight they all pretty much were on the same page of wanting parents to watch Teen Mom with their teens and open up dialogue about sex instead of waiting for a conversation nine months later when it’s too late. In addition, whether you wish your teen to have sex or not please make sure that they are aware of how to protect themselves from pregnancies and STD’s.
Today is the 10th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, are you talking to your teen about your wishes for them to abstain from having sex at an early age? Is sex an open topic in your household?