Show 3-Top Trend Outline

Kelly Burnett
Amanda Moelker
Victoria Poirer
Zara Brandt
Top Trend-Teen Mom Outline

Focus: Pregnant teens keeping and successfully raising their child (rise in “trend”)


- There has been a decline in Canadian teenage pregnancies since
1974 in spite of the fact that teens continue to be sexually active. This suggests that teens are taking effective measures to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
- Rural Northern Region of Ontario has the highest teen pregnancy rate (60.8) (^ is there a reason why??)
- TV shows called Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant are said to “glamourize” and make teen pregnancy seem “okay.”
- Pregnant teens face the decision of abortions, having the baby, or putting it up for adoption
- How do moms without father figures or support in their lives differentiate between those who have the fathers support and a “normal” family environment?
- Gloucester High students in Massachusetts, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together.
- 17 girls total at Gloucester High School (Massachusetts) were expecting babies in 2008. This was more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year. Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip. Others blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed mothers.
- Ontario’s public health units play a role in reducing the rate of teen pregnancy and promoting healthy pregnancies for those teens who do become pregnant
- Public health units provide a comprehensive range of sexual health education and counseling services that aim to support young mothers to have positive health outcomes for themselves and their babies
- Teen pregnancy has continued to be of significant concern in specific populations including socio-economically disadvantaged teens
- “As an idea, teen pregnancy is more socially accepted," says Andrea O'Reilly, a women's studies professor at York University in Toronto, and director of the Association for Research on Mothering. (why?)
- Often, teenagers don't receive timely prenatal care, and they have a higher risk for pregnancy-related high blood pressure and its complications. Risks for the baby include premature birth and a low birth weight.




- Andrea O’Reilly - Women's Studies Professor at York University
- Sexual Health Clinic Halton
905 825 6000 ext. 6065
232 South Service Rd Oakville (QEW/Trafalgar)

- Vita Centre - Support, Education, Counseling for Pregnant Young Women
905 502 7933
101-75 Watline Avenue Mississauga (Hurontario/Britannia)

Interviews with travel issues – (May be unrealistic) (possibly over Skype??)

- Stephanie Verkyle – Mom without father (Whitby)
- Lynzy Duncan – Mom with father (Stratford)
- (Possible Woman who had teen Abortion) Laura Ingram

Shot Dates:


1) Sound bite baby crying
2) Central character, either mother with father figure or one without
3) VO and broll on Teen Moms and facts about the rise in keeping the baby
4) Central Character again on the support etc
5) Possibly VO on the abortion side and show another character who has had an abortion (Laura)
6) (Rest Undecided)

Interview Questions:


1) What advice would you give a pregnant teen on the decision to keep or abort their baby?
2) Why do you feel there has been a decline in pregnancies overall?
3) Out of those who have been pregnant, why do you feel there is a rise in those who keep their babies?
4) Would you advise a teen to have a baby without parental support? So with just her boyfriend?
5) Do you think that shows like Teen Mom are informative positively or shed a negative light?
6) Do you view teen pregnancy as a “trend”?
7) Do you feel young girls today are informed well enough to raise a child successfully?
8) What are effective strategies to prevent teen pregnancy?
9) What programs are out there for support/teaching young girls about their pregnancy?
10) What are the biggest risks for teen mothers?
11) What risks are there for the baby once born?


1) How has this baby changed your life?
2) What was your thought process when decided to get an abortion / keep your baby?
3) What was your family’s reaction? Would you have been able to do all this without your family?
4) Do your friends treat you differently? How?
5) Do you ever regret your decision?
6) Have there been any problems since it happened? (financial, relationship, personal, health, etc.)
7) Was your pregnancy planned?
8) If you could go back in time, would you do things differently?
9) What did you have to sacrifice to become a mother at such a young age? (school? Friendships? Work? Etc.)
10) What advice would you give to other teens who maybe want to have a child or are currently pregnant?