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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Media, Parents, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
October 08, 2015

Most parents know that they need to talk with their teens about sex, love and relationships. But knowing that you need to do it—even wanting to do it—doesn't make it any less complicated. You might be thinking, What if I mess it up and then my teen never comes to me again? What if I say something that accidentally encourages my kid to do something I was trying to discourage? What if it’s so awkward that one or both of us never recovers? Nearly 9 out of 10 teens say that it would be much easier for them to postpone sex and avoid pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents. Your sons and daughters really want to hear from you (even if they don’t act like it). Here's how to find all the right words.

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While you're at it, take a look at this Family Circle featured article from their November issue. It was developed in partnership with The National Campaign and our Youth Leadership Team! 

Authored by: Marisa Nightingale

As The National Campaign’s Senior Media Advisor, Marisa Nightingale leads key partnerships with entertainment media executives to help integrate prevention messages into their work. She and her colleagues provide information, story materials, and hands-on help to hundreds of content creators in television, print, and digital media whose work is most popular with teens, young adults, and their parents. She works across departments to help bring the Campaign's expertise to media decision-makers. 

Marisa joined the Campaign in 1996, shortly after its founding, and is the architect of its nationally-recognized Entertainment Media program. She served as the program’s Senior Director for 12 years and continues to advise on program strategy, forge new media partnerships, and expand relationships with existing partners including NBC, FOX, The CW, ABC, Hulu, Marie Claire, and more, with a special emphasis on reaching Latino audiences. Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaigns developed under her direction have won multiple awards and have garnered millions of dollars in free placements. She helped conceive, develop, and launch the "Thanks, Birth Control" program, a social media effort designed to create a positive public conversation about all that birth control makes possible.  

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Marisa was the Communications Director at Share Our Strength (SOS), one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger organizations. At SOS, she informed journalists about the causes and consequences of hunger, and trained chefs and restaurateurs to speak out publicly about hunger and poverty. She is a regular guest lecturer at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and is a seasoned speaker on the role of media in preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy.  She has served as a Campaign spokesperson on The Today Show, The View, The Ricki Lake Show, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Marisa graduated with honors from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

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October 06, 2015
Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign. In that capacity, Jessica is the community manager and content strategist for The National Campaign’s award winning websites, (the Campaign’s corporate website) and (the Campaign’s teen website). She curates and writes content, manages consultants and content contributors, handles both sites’ social media presences, and develops new activities and content areas for both sites. In addition, Jessica handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit health care world. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable son, and their dog, Cora.

At the Campaign, we spend a lot of time encouraging parents to have open, honest conversations with their kids. In fact, a favorite phrase around here is "it's an 18 year conversation" by which we mean that it's never too early to begin communicating with your children in age-appropriate ways about...
Education, Parents, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
October 05, 2015
Authored by: Liz Sabatiuk

Liz Sabatiuk is Senior Manager of Digital Media at The National Campaign. She’s responsible for developing and managing content for The National Campaign’s award winning website,—a birth control support network for 18- to 29-year-olds. Liz works closely with consultants, content creators, and partners to produce engaging, medically accurate content that represents and extends the Bedsider brand. This includes everything from Bedsider feature articles to tumblr posts to the Guy’s Guide to Birth Control.


Liz began working at The National Campaign in 2008 for the Latino Initiative and co-authored the report Toward a Common Future: Latino Teens and Adults Speak Out About Teen Pregnancy. She earned a BA in English Literature from Goucher College and is currently working toward an MA in Communication, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University.

If you’re among the many friends and partners who have asked us in the years since Bedsider launched when we’re going to create a Spanish-language version, ask no more. It's here! The official launch of Bedsider en Español will be October 13th, but in the meantime, check out the site and feel free...
20-Somethings, Bedsider, Contraception, Latino Initiative, Unplanned Pregnancy
September 29, 2015
When we think of consent in a middle school or high school context, it’s typically parental consent for sexuality education. The scary consent conversation is the one happening on college campuses across the country and, increasingly, in state legislatures as incidences of sexual violence on campus...
Contraception, Education, Parents, Teens