Should pregnant students be granted maternity leave?

Yes. Like all new moms, teens need time to recover from delivery, bond with their babies, and adapt to their new roles as mothers.
70% (380 votes)
Maybe. An official maternity leave may not be necessary, but schools should be understanding about new mothers needing extra days off, and they should provide additional academic and emotional support to these students.
20% (106 votes)
No. Schools should try to keep excused absences to a minimum, and they should expect teen mothers to maintain their commitment to their education.
10% (54 votes)
Total votes: 540

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pola

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Useful information here!
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Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs

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The first and most important thing is that teenagers should abstain from unwanted pregnancy and immature sexual relations. Pre teen sexual abuse and unprotected sex results in teenage pregnancy. The rate of teenage pregnancy and abortion in United States is very high. Teenagers suffering from pregnancy can take help of professional counselors. Healthcare specialists recommend abstinence based education and healing programs for sufferers. Most of the troubled adolescents are seen involved in sexual abuse. Schools should recommend sex education for the children to teach them to prevent teenage pregnancy.

http://www.troubledteens.net/Problems-in-Teens/Teen-Pregnancy.html

shquandaa (not verified)

prego

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My whole life. has been a lie.we had beautiful sex, made a splenid helathy baby that is now in my wonderfully blaoted stomach, and then it was all done. i found out the truth. HESS BEEN CHEATING ON ME WITH MY MOTHER, LAQUANDA. She has always belonged on the corner, that crazy son of a gun. she was suppiosed to help me raise the child, but NOOOOO. im only 13, how am i supposed to handle this? and cam, mmmmphh. he is so damn fine. and he left me. for my mom. im just trying to say, fml. & oh yea we should get out of school. schools out for summer, schools out forever. & if you ever see this cam baby i luv you bbyboy. you alwayz be my bbydaddy. no matter what u & momma duin. bby come back<3

ashley (not verified)

prego

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im so pregnant. my big belly is exploding with this baby. what do i do? all pressure from my peers, my family, my "friends", my significant other, my lover as you could say, my babydaddy. he left me! im alone in this world. me & shaquita. (my baby) im acctually in middle school. i recieved 1 week off. the rest i skipped, in the back of mcdonalds, chillin wit my baby. some call it quaity time, i call it reality.

Sarah shay (not verified)

Girls need time to bond with

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Girls need time to bond with the baby and to recover also what about before the baby comes and the girl is shy and scared to go to school because she doesn't want to face her peers do you think she should be able to be homeschooled then?

skyangel (not verified)

punishment for pregnancy is what it is

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Schools punish the girl, and the parents with unexcused absences, and then they start with truancy laws in your face. What about the boy that got her pregnant ? He continues through life as normal as the teen mom is left to pay the consequence by being punished and shunned for being a teen parent. Society has made teen parenting a bad thing. I was 28 when i had my first child, and i wish i would have been alot younger. We cannot punish pregnant teens with school laws. If a teen gets pregnant and is at the age of 16, she should have the same right as a 17 yr old., to choose to leave school and begin to raise her child. My school district really falls in the category of no child left behind. But let me tell you what this has done. my teen is a sophmore, and most of her classes are freshman classes. THe bullying she has received since the 7th grade has given her an outlook on school that she felt inferior to all the other girls. If she keeps going and if she wasnt pregnant, she wouldnt graduate with her class anyway. so i think it depends on the situation. Our school has declined doctors release for depression twice, resisted her to go to a one on one environment, does not enforce the bullying policy that is in place, it has ruined her chance of cyber school for next year, because cyber schools will not accept truancy students no matter the case. The principal has put up every block for us. Now we have no choice but to plead not guilty for truancy, and fight the matter. or let her marry. so the school laws is what will make you make the choices you dont want to make just to keep the state from saying your a bad student and your a bad mother. women have been getting pregnant since the beginning of time. the man sure likes it when he's stepping in...but he hates it when he has to take shared responsibility. thats the truth.

misty (not verified)

maternity leave from school

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I think maternity leave for teens is a great idea. because thinking about it now if schools did not allow maternity leave then what would I do in 6 months. Would I have to quit school? It would be hard to do but YES, it is a great thing and I think it should carry on that way!

Lisa (not verified)

Teen Mother Leave

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I was a teen mother and reccieved the full six weeks off, although i attended a alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens. I enjoyed the time off to spend with my baby and recover, although 6wks was a long time and i was super bored and could of been doing school work. I am one of the rare cases i guess people could say i have graduated from high school, and am attending college still. I think that any program that helps teen mothers gear towards a better life for the and their child is worth it, there are a million things schools can do to help teen moms. Leaving a teen mom out to dry an learn on her own is wrong, why do you think that we have teen moms having baby after baby. I had one child at a young age and have still not had another one, continuing my schooling and working is more important than immature choices. Anyways i think they should be allowed leave.

Charlotte (not verified)

Student Maternity

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I really think that this would be great even if it is just 2-3 weeks. This is a big change for the student. It was life changing for me and I was 36 (yes) when I had my one and only. I had been teaching many years :) and still had a lot to learn about a baby. This would be great and it would be great if support groups could be form is needed for those students to cope.

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