Oklahoma continues to have a very high rate of teen pregnancy in the Nation.
Teen pregnancies are accompanied by high risk in part because the teen’s body has not completed it’s own growth while trying to support the growth of the fetus.
The teen may be reluctant to tell others about the pregnancy, thereby delaying prenatal care so necessary for any healthy pregnancy. Teens may also be more likely continue to use drugs, alcohol or cigarettes or try to subsist on junkfood as they might if they were not pregnant. Impulsive sexual behavior which resulted in pregnancy ( and possible undiagnosed STD exposure for the mother and infant) are also a part of increased risk for the teen pregnancy.
It is unclear what percentage of teen pregnancies are included in the number of single family households or indigent families in Oklahoma. This too contributes to the potential of health problems during and after the pregnancy second to lack of resources to care for the child.
Infant Crisis Services is a private nonprofit that provides formula, food, diapers and clothing to infants and toddlers in need. They serve teen parents as well as anyone else who finds themselves in need with regard to infant care.
Previously located on NW 39th Street, just off of Pennsylvania, their offices have moved to a fabulous new location on North Lincoln Boulevard in the last few years that better hosts their ability to respond to the needs of families with young children.
The facility staffers provide some amount of case management service and emotional support to help families find sustaining resources to raise their young child. ICS accepts financial donations online, by mail or in person. They also accept donation of items, and it is best to contact them directly if you have items you wish to share.
ICS Teen Board, is a teen civic group which allows teens to be included in the process of education, prevention and fundraising for at risk populations. In that one of Oklahoma’s struggles continues to be teen pregnancy this continues to fine tune the ICS response to persons they serve.
Other agencies that respond to issues of teen and high risk pregnancy include but are not limited to:
Emerson Alternative School within Oklahoma City Public Schools, Infant Parent Intervention Center, Planned Parenthood, Sunbeam Family Services and NorthCare CHBS offer successful supportive services specific to this population. YWCA, Skyline Urban Ministries, The Guild of St. George and Catholic Social Services also have a vested interest in young children and families.