Nearly 3 in 10 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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Bedsider
July 29, 2014

Bedsider #VideOHFace Contest

Some giveaways rock a little harder than others and this one...well...this one REALLY rocks. The Bedsider VideOH! Music Awards Giveaway will award a trip (travel + hotel) and two tickets to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 24th.

So how can you enter? Just snap a selfie of your #videOHface and share it on Bedisder's Twitter or Instagram using #videOHface...contest closes on August 7th so get those cameras ready and show us your #videOHface!

Get full contest rules and details here.

 

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, www.TheNationalCampaign.org (the Campaign’s corporate website) and www.StayTeen.org (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 more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit healthcare world. She received a Bachelors 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.

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Lena Dunham Tweet
July 29, 2014
Authored by: Liz Sabatiuk

Liz Sabatiuk is Digital Media Manager at The National Campaign. She’s responsible for developing and managing content for The National Campaign’s award winning website, Bedsider.org—a birth control support network for 18- to 29-year-olds— and related social media channels. 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.

“@lenadunham Because I'm not financially prepared for another pregnancy/child.”“@lenadunham for such bad PMS that I physically couldn't move, had migraines for a week straight, and for my skin!”“@lenadunham because I want control over my sexual health and reproductive future. And that's OK.”These...
20-Somethings, Bedsider, Contraception, Media, Popular Culture, Unplanned Pregnancy
July 24, 2014
Authored by: Becky Griesse

Becky Griesse is the Senior Manager, State Support at The National Campaign. Becky works with the State Support team to provide assistance to state and local communities regarding teen and unplanned pregnancy. 

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Becky was the Adolescent Sexual Health Program Manager at the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). There she provided technical assistance to CDC/DASH funded state education agencies to improve youth access to sexual health services. Becky also has experience coordinating a local teen pregnancy prevention coalition, the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) in Alexandria, VA. 

She attended James Madison University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and George Washington University where she received a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.  

Most of my friends are elementary school teachers.  I truly admire the work they do and can’t even imagine being in their shoes.  They love to tell stories—the good and the bad—about what happens at school, what Josh or Sue did today, and who got in trouble.  Recently, while out with some friends,...
Education, Parents, Teen Pregnancy
Sigma Gamma Rho
July 21, 2014
Authored by: Ronesha Dennis
This weekend, I had the honor of speaking on behalf of The National Campaign at the 55th Biennial Boule of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I was extremely excited that my first experience externally representing the Campaign in my new partnerships role would be among members of the same sorority I...
Bedsider, Unplanned Pregnancy