Interview with ERIN FORBES, 19

I got pregnant in 2009 when I was 19, and I did not find out until I was five months pregnant. I had no idea what to do. I am still in college and live at home. I decided there was no way that I could take care of my baby. I decided to give my baby up for adoption. The father and I spent months trying to pick out a family and found one we really liked. It has been the hardest year of my life. I am nowhere close to being okay.

Did it ever occur to you that you might become pregnant as a teen?
NO. I never thought in a million years I would get pregnant, especially out of all of my friends. I am the most conservative.

What do you wish you knew before you got pregnant?
I wish I knew how much this would hurt and how it would affect me.

How is teen parenthood different than you thought it would be (e.g. thought you would stay together with baby's daddy, etc.)?
I still consider myself a parent and it is different than I thought it would be. It takes so much more than you could ever think.

Why do you want to share your story with other teens?
I want to share my story with teens so they know how much this takes over all aspects of your life. I want to share because I don't want girls to just write off unprotected sex because they have the option of adoption or abortion. No matter how you choose to handle it now, it will be extremely hard.

Do you think shows like Teen Mom and the Secret Life accurately portray teen parenthood?
Yes and no. I think they show that it is hard but they are just TV shows. I think girls watch those shows for 30 minutes out of the day and think it isn't that hard. Teen Mom shows that it is hard to have a baby, but I think they make teen pregnancy seem like an acceptable thing, which I think is wrong.

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