The cost of being a pregnant teen

WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Each year, almost 750,000 United States teens become pregnant. In 2008 alone there were about two thousand pregnant teens in the state of Maine. To learn more about the statistics visit the Guttmacher Institute which continues to advance sexual and reproductive heath through research.

At 16-years-old, Leah Broulliet became pregnant and around her second trimester she found the strength to confide in family members.

"I just didn't want to disappoint them that I got pregnant at a young age. And Gabby's father is not in the picture. So they would pretty much have to raise Gabby with me."

Together Leah and her daughter, Gabby have overcame challenges with the support of her family and The Maine Children's Home for little Wanders. This organization can help parenting teenagers earn a full four year high school program. Students graduate with a Waterville High School Diploma and the can receive assistance with post-secondary school. Also, there is on campus counseling and daycare available at the Children's Place.

"When you come here it is like a family you have so much support. If you need anything like clothes if I couldn't get them or if I couldn't get diapers they would find a way for me to get these items.'

Walking into her second year as a mom she realizes the importance of having an open relationship with her daughter.

"I want her to talk to me when she is a teenager, so I know when like she is having sex because I wish I was a little bit closer to my mom when I was talking about that."

Not only that, she wants Gabby to face the world with less obstacles. And soon the Broulliet family will grow by one. Leah Broulliet is engaged and she plans on getting married in November.

Another organization serving single pregnant women in need is the Bangor Good Samaritan Agency. It operates the Teen Parent Education Program in which pregnant and parenting teenagers can earn their high school diploma and it offers child care too.


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