15-Year-Old Mother Shares Her Story

The number of teens getting pregnant in North Carolina has reached a 30 year low but that number is no comfort for the many teens, parents and families dealing with adolescent girls becoming new moms.

So at what age should you talk to your kids about sex and the dangers it could lead to like diseases or pregnancy?

Some suggest you should begin as early as 11 or 12 years old. For one Beaufort County teen that issue is water under the bridge because at 15 she's already a mother.

Andrea Wilson has quickly learned that being a mom is tough work.

Her 8 month old son is named Argelio was born premature.

The only free time Andrea gets to be a kid herself is when she's heading to school.

Andrea's mother, Tammy was 15 herself when she first got pregnant. Now, she's a grandmother 10 times over. ALL But one of her four daughters had a baby by the age of 15. Despite all that history, Tammy says she was shocked to learn Andrea was pregnant. Tammy says the one subject she never really discussed with her daughter was sex.

Andrea is certainly not alone. In 2008 the number of pregnancies in North Carolina was just under twenty thousand. A staggering number, but it represents a 30 year low.

But high numbers are a claim to shame for several Eastern Carolina counties. Leading the state in pregnancies among teens ages 15-19 is Tyrrell County. Edgecombe County comes in number two. Out of every 1000 teenage girls in Edgecombe County, an average of 110 get pregnant.

The rate of pregnancy among white teens between the ages of 15 and 19 in our state is 50 out of every 1000. Among minorities it was almost 80. The rate keeps rising among Hispanics. Out of every 1000 Hispanic girls between 15 and 19 in North Carolina, an average of 150 will get pregnant each year.

Andrea's friend Bearniece who lives right next door also got pregnant at 14. She has a young daughter and she feels part of the reason is because her mom never talked about sex.

Andrea says when she's done with high school she wants to be a nurse and work with children. She also says the father of the child is not involved in her son's life.

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  • by angel Location: williamston, NC on Dec 22, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    I have many of gurls at my school who have a baby. Its tough mostly when ur in high school and u have no one to help u
  • by Robert Location: Seven Springs on Nov 6, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    Never think that all is bad about this situation. I know this is not the perfect world, but sometimes mistakes happen. I know we as a society don't want to accept these things sometimes, but there are people out there that make the best of a bad situation. I know of one myself which I ended up marrying. So don't always judge everyone before you judge yourself !!!
  • by Teri Location: southeast USA on Nov 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    momof5 - get a grip. The Duggars were doing very well LONG before they got a tv show. And, if Don't worry about it! was able to get into college with her language skills, I have very little hope for the future of this country. That's just sad. Really sad. Something tells me her "college courses" in criminal justice are of the tv commercial variety.
  • by JustAThought... on Nov 6, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    Last I checked, Roe v. Wade was still upheld in the US Supreme Court...if you don't want a baby, then don't. Not that hard of a choice to make, you do or you don't. Pregnant @ 16---you had a choice, you made it. Get over it. Roe v. Wade still stands....
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Nov 6, 2009 at 01:43 AM
    momof5: What church do you go to? Want to make sure my kids never visit that one.
  • by Don't worry about it! Location: Aurora on Nov 5, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Everybody always trying to judge somebody but don't judge theirselves. She ain't the first and she ain't goin be the last. I had a baby at the age of 14 years old that is now 5 years old and also I have a newborn too, and I work (Asst.mgr) and taking college courses for criminal justices. So don't let no one down you and tell you you can't make and you won't make it because you can. Just keep a positive attitude, and everthing is goin be alrite. Just take one day at a time!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2009 at 04:14 AM
    Pregnant @ 16 isn't real. It is supposed to be a joke, or prove a point about the excuses everyone makes these days.
  • by Mother of two Location: Eastern NC on Nov 4, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    I guess all teens think it won't ever happen to them. It did happen to me and I made the best choice for myself, my baby, and my future. It may sound selfish to some but I know my baby is with God now. God forgives and I know I have been forgiven. I was only 14. I am now blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. Judge me if you like but God forgives and he is the only one who counts.
  • by Mrs. Cren on Nov 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    First off, I really doubt that pregnant @ 16 is the same girl that is was on the news. And second, how do you know that he child will grow up to do the same this she does. Just becasue there is a cycle going on doesn't mean that eh will do the same thing. There's plenty of men and women that came from underage parents, adn grew up to be doctors, lawyer's, anything that they wanted to be. They chose what they want! And lol @ anonymus for saying constant 24/7 entertainment
  • by Lynn Location: Greenville on Nov 4, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Kuddos to you, anonymous! You assumed your responsiblity and are confident enough to credit those who helped. Your children and step-children are blessed to have you as an example. Thank you for being there for the others.

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