Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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20-Somethings, Contraception, Education, Thanks, Birth Control, Unplanned Pregnancy
August 24, 2015

Thanks, Birth Control: Homepage Movie

A few days ago, I attended a conference hosted by a foundation that aims to increase the number of women with MBAs. The highlight of the evening was a panel of MBA alumna sharing their experiences. During the panel, the women spoke about business school itself and their careers following it, noting that the MBA allowed them to climb up the corporate ladder faster, apply for positions that weren’t open to them before, and earn even three times as much as they did before the MBA.

As the evening came to a close, a woman came up to the microphone to pose a question. She asked, “I initially didn’t want to have kids, but, over the years, I’ve decided that I do. Now that I’m doing the ‘MBA thing,’ I’m thinking, is business school the best time to have kids? Or is it the worst? What do you think?”

The elephant in this room full of women was no longer hiding. The panelists answered one-by-one:

“I only had children after my MBA, as I realized that having kids during business school would detract from my experience during those two years and isolate me from the cohort.”

“Having kids a few years out of business school, when I was in a supervisory position, allowed me to determine my own schedule around pregnancy and my children. Having your own office means I can pump in peace!”

“There were definitely women who had children in business school, but they were in the minority. As you can see, it’s a personal choice.”

All of these women unknowingly (or rather, implicitly) preached the amazing benefits of birth control, despite their very matter-of-fact tone. I, in turn, was awed by exactly how far we’ve come in family planning. The women in front of me were steadfast in their ability to decide when to have kids based on their needs and where they found themselves in their lives. Because of birth control, pregnancy is no longer the automatic outcome, but, as one of the panelists herself points out, a personal choice each woman can make.

This MBA conference turned out to not just be a celebration of what a woman with an MBA can do, but also of what birth control can do for a woman. 

Authored by: Daniela Kucz

Daniela Kucz is the Development Analyst at The National Campaign. Daniela oversees individual giving and supports the Campaign’s fundraising activities. Daniela also serves as the Special Assistant to the CEO and coordinates Board of Directors events as the Corporate Secretary.

Prior to her work at the Campaign, Daniela honed her donor relations and fundraising experience as a Development Fellow at the Women’s Campaign Fund and a Special Projects Assistant at Move This World.

Daniela received her Bachelor’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Biology from Swarthmore College. Having lived in seven countries across the world, Daniela now resides in Washington, DC.

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August 21, 2015
Authored by: Carlos Pinto

Carlos Pinto is the Media and Project Manager for The National Campaign’s Latino Initiative. Carlos possesses over decade of experience specializing in collaborating with Latino media, gatekeepers, and community-based organizations. At the Campaign, he is responsible for creating and developing culturally adapted teen pregnancy prevention messages and collaborating with Latino-targeted media and entertainment networks to ensure these messages reach the Latino community.

Since joining The National Campaign in 2009, Carlos has also managed a project targeting Latino-faith leaders through which he helped develop Countering the Silence, a bilingual teen pregnancy prevention toolkit that incorporates Campaign data and research and includes over a dozen bible studies and activities and ideas on how faith leaders can openly discuss topics such as sex, dating, and relationships with teens and parents from a religious perspective.

Additionally, Carlos has helped create several Campaign videos including Demasiado Joven (Too Young), a short film that explores teen pregnancy in the Latino community and Life As We Know It, a short film and series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Latino teens discussing their views about teen pregnancy.

Carlos is a graduate from Rollins College, lives in Washington, DC and in his free time enjoys collecting records, cycling, and traveling.

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August 18, 2015
Authored by: Jennifer Driver

Jennifer Driver is the Manager of State Support at The National Campaign. Jennifer works with the State Support team to provide training and technical assistance to state and local communities regarding teen and unplanned pregnancy.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Jennifer was the training and technical assistance coordinator for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. There she served as the project manager for the Enhancing Quality of Interventions Promoting Healthy Sexuality research study funded by the National Institute of Health and RAND Corp.  She has years of experience providing training and technical assistance at the national, state, and community levels; most recently to PREP grantees throughout Georgia. She has over seven years of experience working with a variety of populations including schools and community-based organizations, youth in care, LGBT youth, and providing outreach to college age men and women at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges.  

Jennifer received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from The University of Alabama. Roll Tide! 

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20-Somethings, Popular Culture, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy
August 13, 2015
Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Manager of Communications at The National Campaign. She is responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team and the DC (District of Columbia) Teen Advisory Board. She creates content and is the Campaign’s internal graphic designer.  Kate also manages content on the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties (StayTeen.org and TheNationalCampaign.org) and social media accounts.  She plans Campaign events and coordinates external communications including press releases and the weekly newsletter, the Campaign EGRAM.

Kate holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University. 

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