We recently had Sarah Brown, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy and Unplanned Pregnancy, here in Des Moines to continue our conversation about reducing the number of unintended pregnancies among adult women in Iowa. She visited with family planning service providers from around the state, legislators, journalists and professionals connected with this issue.
Sarah says Americans plan everything: household budgets, vacations, what we’re having for dinner. She quoted a New York Times article that mentions the increase in wedding planners in the U.S. Yet we don’t plan pregnancies. Even though giving birth and having children is one of our most important acts, with a permanent impact on our lives, we don’t discuss the decision with partners or plan individually (especially 20 year-olds). Too many sexually active people don’t think about the consequences an unintended pregnancy might have on income, education, time or energy.
Sarah encourages parents and caring adults to include talking about the planning pregnancy along with the other issues we encourage young people to consider as they reach adulthood. This includes talking with family planning professionals about choosing a birth control method that meets each couple’s needs.