More teen girls opting for motherhood

29th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2006, BRUSSELS — One in 60 teenage girls become pregnant, but an increasing number are consciously opting for motherhood, Flemish education magazine 'Klasse' said.

29 March 2006

BRUSSELS — One in 60 teenage girls become pregnant, but an increasing number are consciously opting for motherhood, Flemish education magazine 'Klasse' said.

Teenage pregnancies occur at an equal rate across all education groups, but lower-educated girls feel ready to become a mother at a younger age.

These girls opt less frequently for an abortion, something which 46 percent of all pregnant teens choose, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Tuesday.

The age group of 15-19 represents 95 percent of all teenage pregnancies, with 5 percent occurring among the age group 10 to 14.

Klasse said schools have indicated the number of planned teenage pregnancies is increasing. However, there are no definite figures to confirm these claims.

Student counsellors have raised concerns about TV programmes that focus on giving birth and motherhood, claiming they create a too rosy picture of having a baby among lower-educated girls.

"If the rest isn't going so well in your life, if you have no prospects of a diploma and you want to leave home, a baby looks like a handy solution to start a new life," Klasse spokesperson Veerle Vanbuel said.

Vanbuel said there are 17 and 18-year-old girls who believe they are ready to become a mother.

"We must not call a teenage pregnancy as a problem per se, but it does carry risks. More than half of teenage mothers leave education without a diploma."

Klasse has thus launched a scheme for schools giving tips and addresses to counsellors.

The guide '(un)wanted and (un)planned' aims to provide answers to questions that teachers could be confronted with if they come in contact with a pregnant teenager.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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