Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy

New England News
6:28 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Story Project Seeks To Put Young Mothers In Different Light

Daisy Rodriguez and her son Aiden. She is one of 31 participants in a story project for young parents in Holyoke,MA
Credit WAMC

A group of young mothers who became pregnant as teenagers are sharing their stories in a research project aimed at changing public perceptions. Some of the accounts were shown publicly for the first time today.

Each of the young parents delivers a brief narrative in a digital format that combines video, recorded voice, still and moving images and other sounds.

The point of the collective works – 31 stories in all -- is to remove the stigma and shame surrounding teen pregnancy and promote change in public policy that focuses almost exclusively on prevention.

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New England News
3:40 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Berkshire County School District Seeks to Strengthen Sex Ed Programs

Pittsfield High School
Credit City of Pittsfield

The Pittsfield Public School’s Curriculum Subcommittee has been meeting with district and community partners to address the city’s troubling teen pregnancy rate by expanding and strengthening programs both in and out of school.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Massachusetts Teen Birth Rate Now Lowest in State History

Credit Jacqueline Godany

According to the 2010 Massachusetts Birth Report released by the state Department of Public Health earlier this week, the most recent data shows the rate of teenage women aged 15 to 19 having children dropped from 19.5 per 1,000 in 2009, to 17.1 per 1,000 in 2010.

The teen birth rate is now the lowest recorded in the commonwealth, and Massachusetts is now trailing only New Hampshire for the lowest teen birth rate in the country. The Granite State leads with a teen birth rate of 15.7 per 1,000. 

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New England News
6:09 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Berkshire Non-Profit Launches Teen Pregnancy Awareness Campaign

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Berkshire County, Massachusetts has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. In Pittsfield, a local organization kicked off a campaign that intends to raise awareness of this issue.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Community Effort Addresses Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy prevention messages on display in Holyoke, MA

A community wide collaboration is credited with helping to reduce teenage pregnancy in Holyoke Massachusetts.  Officials acknowledge there is much work yet to do, as Holyoke has the highest teen birth rate in the state.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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