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, Popular Culture, Unplanned Pregnancy
January 23, 2015

NBC ParenthoodImage taken from NBC's The Experts Speak blog

Are you a fan of NBC's amazing show ParenthoodI? If not, then you are missing out...but here's a little taste of the latest episode in the show's farewell season.

Anyone who's been on the cusp of delivering a baby can identify with Amber's fear that she made a huge mistake and won't be able to support a child - and that having those fears is somehow wrong. She really needed Sarah's reassurance that this wild mix of terror and excitement is totally normal and what parenting actually feels like. Once great-grandfather Zeek holds the baby, everything feels right.

Amber and young single moms like her need and deserve all the support they can get, especially when they don't have the entire Braverman family pulling for them. Among single women in their 20s, a whopping seven in 10 pregnancies are unplanned, and they have twice as many unplanned pregnancies as teens do. Why care? Because their babies are at greater risk of poverty, health problems and educational delays.

Here are seven ways to support new moms like Amber...

Read the rest of this article, originally posted on NBC's The Experts Speak blog.

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 expertise, story material, 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.

Marisa joined the Campaign in 1996, shortly after its founding, and is the architect of its nationally-recognized Entertainment Media and Audience Strategy 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, ESSENCE, Mun2.tv and more, with a special emphasis on reaching Latino audiences. Public Service Ad (PSA) campaigns developed under her direction have won multiple awards and have garnered millions of dollars in free placements.

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 talk to press about hunger, poverty, and child nutrition issues. She is a seasoned speaker on the role of media in preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, and has served as a Campaign spokesperson to local and national media, including The Today Show, The View, The Ricki Lake Show, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post and more. Marisa graduated with honors from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

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Get Off Good in 2015
January 21, 2015
Authored by: Elizabeth Anne Hill

Elizabeth Anne Hill is the Director of Marketing at The National Campaign. She focuses on the Bedsider.org and StayTeen.org brands where she manages multi-channel marketing efforts in both traditional and digital media spaces. She also supports the Campaign’s key programs and initiatives.

Elizabeth Anne cut her teeth in marketing at the National Football League where she did market research and brand management. After a brief stint teaching English overseas, she came back to a marketing function at Racing UK, a subscription television channel in the British horseracing industry. From there, she moved to Las Vegas where she managed licensing, sponsorship, and brand marketing for the World Series of Poker and then became the Director of Marketing for Caesars Interactive Entertainment. In this role, she helped launch three of the company’s online real money gaming products in the U.S.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Rotterdam School of Business (MBA), Elizabeth Anne now lives in Potomac, MD with her husband, two children, and two rescue mutts.

So many of us make New Year’s resolutions with the best intentions. For some, it’s to lose that 5 lbs. (ok, maybe 10 lbs.) we gained after indulging in too many heavy holiday meals. For others, it’s to learn a new skill. Some people may sign up for a foreign language course while others might take...
Bedsider, Contraception, Popular Culture
Parents
January 16, 2015
Authored by: Liany Elba Arroyo

Liany Elba Arroyo is the Director of Partnerships at The National Campaign where she identifies strategic partnerships that strengthen initiatives to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy.  In addition, she manages the Latino Initiative Advisory Group and the Personal Responsibility, Religion, and Values Advisory Group.  

Prior to coming to The National Campaign, Liany spent over 13 years working in the government and non-profit sectors developing programs and promoting public policies that aimed to improve the health status of Latino communities across the nation.  Most recently, Liany was the Associate Director of the Education and Children’s Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where she worked on advancing NCLR’s education priorities and policies affecting Latino children and youth.  Liany has published several pieces on children and Latino health and has been cited by Spanish and English media, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and Univision.

Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Liany currently resides in Landover, Maryland with her husband and daughter.  She holds a BS in psychology from Wellesley College and an MPH from Columbia University.

For many parents, having “The Talk” is fraught with emotion. What will I say? When do I start? What if my child asks a question I can’t answer or don’t want to answer? The National Campaign has compiled a host of resources designed to help parents through this communications journey with your child...
Federal Funding, Men, Parents, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
Survey Says: January 2015--Investing in Results
January 15, 2015
Authored by: Laura Sessions Stepp

Laura Sessions Stepp is a senior media fellow at The National Campaign and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Prior to her arrival at the Campaign, she worked as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post for 26 years. Most of her writing has focused on millennials from the time they started school until the present. She contributes columns to CNN.com and The Huffington Post and has written two books published by Riverhead/Penguin: Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence and Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both. Laura has twice been a visiting scholar at the Board on Children, Youth and Families, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. She is married and has three grown children.

You've got to give credit to ordinary Americans. They're frequently more sensible about hot-button issues than are the officeholders elected to serve them. One recent example? Preventing teen pregnancy.In a nationally representative, telephone survey released this week, a large majority of adults...
Contraception, Federal Funding, Public Policy, Teen Pregnancy