Genius Pregnancy Campaign Shows Teens What It's Like to Have a Baby

Crying BabyYou've heard of pregnancy testing, but what about pregnancy texting? DoSomething.org has a genius campaign called Pregnancy Text designed to get young people to see what it would be like to be a parent when they're still basically kids themselves.

The rates of teen pregnancy have gone down in recent years, but it's still a big issue facing too many kids. Babies are blessings, but sometimes circumstances make adding a new member of the human race to the planet particularly challenging.

A lot of times teen moms end up being teen moms because sex is just something they didn't think about. You know how teenage hormones are ... and unless the consequences of having unprotected sex is something that they've consciously contemplated before, it's often times too easy to just go with it in the moment.

What DoSomething.org wants to do is get young people talking about safe sex and teen pregnancy. In a press release they wrote:

We want young people to think about how their current lives would be affected if they were to be a young parent.

That's why we'll be impregnating young people's phones, giving them a 12-hour experience of what it's like to have a baby. Think a 2014 take on carrying around your baby egg in high school. Through the cell phone, the baby can be more animated with hilarious messaging. 

I love this idea! Of course a few texts on your phone isn't the same as actually caring for an infant, but that's not the point. With texts from your virtual baby along the lines of, "I know you're running late bu-GRRGLE-BARFFFF. Oops, sorry about your shirt. Rappers spit rhymes, I spit up," teens are made aware of the very real-life situations new moms are put in every day.

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Life changes forever when you have a baby, and it's really, really hard when that happens before you've grown up yourself. This is a great way to get teens talking about this stuff and facing the potential consequences of their choices.

You can go to Do Something's website to sign up your friends for Pregnancy Text, enter to win scholarships, and of course find out more information about staying safe. I especially like that they point out that the 100 percent effective method of birth control is abstinence, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't protect yourself if you do decide to have sex.

Do you think this is a good way to get teens thinking about safe sex?

 

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nonmember avatar jessica

i think that over all this is a good idea but I just wanted to say because i myself had a child very young that just because someone is young and has a child doesnt mean that they didnt think sex through, or that there going to be a bad parent some of us really grew up after having a child. I have no regrets about my daughter and having her at a young age but I do still believe that we should let the teens out there that dont know and arent ready to step up to the plate and take the responsibility over another life, that being a parent is hard especially if your a teenager so think it through thoroughly

Banan... BananaMamma01

I was a teen mom and this sounds stupid.

RoseL... RoseLiMom

this kind of annoys me very much. First of all, on one hand your saying "your too immature to have a child" yet "your mature enough to have sex". That makes no sense to me. And guess what? Sex is supposed to create babies, there is no such thing as "safe sex" but only "safer sex". But if its totally ok for teens to be sexually active, then they should be old enough to take care of the children that sex is designed to create. If they aren't, then they should not be having sex!!! "oh, but they will anyway" well, I guess I put higher standards on them and if they do have sex then they ought to bring that baby into the world, these campaigns make it seem like "sex and abortion is fine, but having a BABY is the WORST".

Lacey Tierney

Right....because babies text us from their cribs when they wake up at 4am wanting to be fed...


Ridiculous and (I believe) ineffective idea...

antfa... antfarmer101

We didn't have eggs, we had dolls. The kind that cry and the only way to shut them off was to hold a key in the mouth like a bottle. And I want to say there was a monitor in the head that would tell if you shook or dropped it. I had mine for a week and yeah, it sucked. It didn't stop me from having sex, and I was well-informed and had access to birth control, so maybe I wasn't exactly the target audience (I didn't have my first daughter til I was 27).


I can't see this having as much of an effect. Sure, it would be annoying to get constant texts, but what ramifications does it have? None. The kid hits a button and the text disappears. There's nothing else to deal with. The best way to prevent teen pregnancy is by giving them information. A friend of mine runs a teen group at a church, and they have recently been talking about sex matters. One kid told her they had an abstinence coach who was asked and told them, in all seriousness, that PEANUT BUTTER would prevent pregnancy. So now you not only have a pregnant teen, but one with a nasty infection of the bits. SMH

steph... steph0420

This is dumb.

A baby is not a text message.

This is worse than the egg or bag of flour.

Just dumb

nonmember avatar angela

This is a completely ineffective way of "teaching" teens about pregnancy and baby raising. I usually don't comment on stuff like this, but this is just stupid. Please explain to me what this is going to teach. You can turn your phone off, you can ignore messages. You can't turn off a baby. That would be neglect. Which is illegal. You can't ignore a screaming child who can't sleep because they have a diaper rash or have a tooth coming in. Getting a message on a phone saying "I'm hungry, feed me" from a virtual baby isn't going to do anything for that teen. Nothing proactive anyway.

nonmember avatar CamsMama

I have so much to say about this, but considering I have a child I don't have the time to write a whole novel. All I can say now is how asinine. The most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of to prevent teen pregnancy by far.

Starr Rose Deucalion-Oceguera

@ RoseLiMom, no sex is not only supposd 2 create babies. smetimes even havn sex babies cant b made whether its the woman or man that have a problem. sex should b btween 2 people who love each other and have a devotion 2 1 another. that is not the only purpose of sex. this whole idea is the stupidest thing ive ever heard.

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