The campaigns Executive Director Kim Schutz noted that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma is 4th in the nation for teen births and 2nd for births to mothers 18 and 19 years old. Thank God for Mississippi, she said, referencing the only state in the nation with higher 18 and 19-year-old birth rates than the Sooner State. The problem is even more acute in Tulsa, though. Specific zip codes in Tulsa have birth rates that are more than twice the national average, so we know that our city is particularly affected, Shutz added. Teen pregnancy isnt typically among the range of problems with which business leaders like Mocha grapple in their daily operations, so it tends to be regarded as a social rather than economic issue. Yet, the local economic impact of teenaged childbearing is $38 million annually, Shutz explained, and it costs Oklahoma taxpayers at least $190 million a year. It also takes a toll on the workforce. The statistics are staggering, said Dr. Cathy Burden, former superintendent of Union Public Schools. Citing the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, she said only 40 percent of teenaged mothers complete high school, and less than 2 percent complete college by the age of 30. A high school diploma is the minimum preparation for a career, Burden noted. Also, teen birth sets a cycle in motion for generational poverty, she added. The children born to teen moms are 50 percent more likely to have to repeat a grade, and they are far less likely to complete high school than the children of older moms, said Burden. Also, she said that almost none of the children identified for gifted programs were born to teenaged parents. As a business owner and Tulsan, I care deeply about the economic prosperity of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. We know that teen pregnancy impacts a teens ability to progress through school, which limits their future employment opportunities, said Mocha. The state and regions comparatively high teen birth rate contributes to shortage of skilled labor he said he and other business leaders need to grow. Teen pregnancy in Oklahoma demands action, said Burden. Hence the campaign in question, which uses a four-pronged approach to preventing teen pregnancy: public awareness, education and community capacity building, clinic and health center building, as well as updating and improving access to teen birth data. Talk to your kids emerged as an oft-repeated message from campaign organizers, though. The majority of teens polled report that their parents are the most powerful influence on them, yet only a third of teens report that their parents are talking to them about sex and pregnancy prevention, said Dr.
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5 Surprising “Pregnancy” Symptoms Dads Can Experience

Plenty of men experience pregnancies in a variety of different ways and go through each of the trimesters with their wives. One woman said that her husband gained weight right along with her while another complained about backaches and sore joints, sleepless nights and unusual cravings, right along with his wife. I was surprised to learn that this series of symptoms has its own name – Couvade syndrome, a.k.a. sympathetic pregnancy – and is in fact a common occurrence! Weight gain?
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Is It OK to Drink While Pregnant? Why Scientists Really Don’t Know

“Light drinking in pregnancy does not appear to be associated with clinically important adverse effects for mental health and academic outcomes,” the researchers concluded in their article, published this past February in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. In another study, researchers looked at 1,600 children in Denmark, considering the ability of the 5-year-olds to pay attention. The researchers found no negative effects on children whose mothers reported drinking up to eight drinks per week. Finding the alcohol-fetus answer Niclasen said it would be very difficult for researchers conducting any of these studies to take into account all of the factors she identified in her research that might affect children’s mental health, behavior or test scores. The associations she found between these factors and drinking may also vary across women in different countries, she noted.
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