The Teen Moms Reflect on Why They Shared Their Birth Control Journeys—And The Impact It Had

Today (November 16) is Thanks, Birth Control Day—a day to give a shout-out to all the things birth control makes possible. You might think it’s embarrassing to talk about birth control, but when there’s positive chatter around it, people are more likely to use it. And no one knows more about sharing their birth control experiences than the young ladies from Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2.

“It was awkward at first, but getting past that was easy,” says Catelynn. “I was like, ‘You birthed a baby on TV, so getting birth control on TV shouldn’t be hard.’” 

Kailyn didn’t want to open up about birth control at first either. “I was so young and felt uneducated, like I was doing something wrong," she admits. "But now it feels good to talk about it, giving people an opportunity to learn about it.” 

Amber, meanwhile, says she was “all for it” when the show wanted her to express her personal birth control experience: “We started this show to help teenagers and prevent teen pregnancy. We were trying to send a good message.”

That message has had an impact on the shows’ fans. Jenelle says when she got the birth control implant in her arm after her son Kaiser was born, she got a lot of positive feedback: “Girls reached out and said they’d never heard of the implant, and they were glad to learn about it.” 

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Authored by: Amy Kramer

Amy Kramer is the Senior Director of Media Relations at The National Campaign. She came to the Campaign in 2007 after more than fifteen years in television news and communications consulting.

Amy’s role at the Campaign is to advance the organization’s mission by working across the media landscape with reporters, writers, producers, social media experts, media executives, and others to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into the content of their work.  She is responsible for the development, management, and support of all media relations activities with the specific goal of increasing the presence of the National Campaign’s messages, leadership, and activities with all media, including news and entertainment.

She has served as the lead content expert for MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom since the shows launched in 2009 and has spoken widely in the press, on television, and at conferences about the shows’ impact on teen pregnancy.  She has also written and analyzed surveys about sex, relationships, and contraception for Seventeen and Cosmopolitan magazines. In addition, she consults with many other television programs, magazines and websites, writes discussion guides and blog posts for media partners’ web properties, and works with outside experts on the media goals of the Campaign.  

Prior to joining the Campaign, Amy was a producer at ABC, CNN, and CNBC. She began her career at the political Hotline, a daily news wire service covering national politics, and then started in television as a political researcher for CBS News. As a communications consultant she worked with corporations and foundations on issues such as drug abuse, education, health care, aging, and employee/employer relations. She has moderated focus groups, written surveys, and provided analysis and direction on public opinion related to these topics. She has also worked as a political campaign press aide and a summer camp waterski instructor. Amy graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with degrees in government and journalism. 

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