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Study turns conventional wisdom about teen pregnancy and poverty on its head

Study turns conventional wisdom about teen pregnancy and poverty on its head
Conventional wisdom goes something like this: have a baby while you’re a teen, and you’re doomed to a life of poverty. Lower lifetime earnings, slim chance at higher education and a greater likelihood that your children will also have kids while they’re in their teens. But what if the conventional wisdom was backward? What if... Read more »

One in 10 American babies are born to a teen mother

The good news: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the teen birthrate is way down. The bad news: The country still has the second-highest teen birthrate among developed nations. Only Bulgaria has more teens having babies. Half of young women who have babies in their teens don’t get a high school diploma... Read more »

Cook County opens new jail for pregnant inmates

The nation’s fastest growing prison population? Moms, according to a recent study–many of them expectant mothers. That is why Cook County decided to open a special unit just for pregnant inmates, providing them with the prenatal care and help with parenting skills they need to raise healthy children. Losing a mom to incarceration often starts... Read more »

Illinois refutes claims about lack of prenatal care for inmates

After our story yesterday about Illinois getting a “D” grade for prenatal care for female inmates from the Rebecca Project, we got a call from the Illinois Department of Corrections wanting to correct some information talked about in the Rebecca Project’s report. The report, they say, which said there was no evidence that our state... Read more »

Teen pregnancy rates sky high, for some

When you first take a look at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new report on teen births by state, everything looks pretty rosy. The teen birth rate is down again,and Illinois has fewer teenage girls having babies than the national average. But take a closer look, and you’ll see a disturbing picture. We’re... Read more »

Poverty could begin in utero

When people complain that poor people aren’t doing enough to help themselves, I remind them most poor folks are children. One in three kids in Chicago live in poverty, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We already know that kids who live in poverty are more likely to end up poor as... Read more »