My Girlfriend’s Pregnant! Share this with a friend

A Teen’s Guide to Becoming a Dad


by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association

Your girlfriend is pregnant. Now what?

For teens faced with an unplanned pregnancy, the news can be devastating. Typically, most attention is focused on the needs of the mother, but teenage fathers also face a future filled with fear, doubt, and guilt. My Girlfriend’s Pregnant provides much-needed information and support for teens suddenly thrust in the role of father.

Based on interviews with teenage dads, social workers, and medical professionals, this book explores:
• What it’s like to discover that your girlfriend is pregnant
• What to expect during pregnancy and childbirth
• The experience of parenthood—both positive and negative
• How involved the role of a teen dad can be
• How parenthood can affect young relationships
• The stress of being a teen dad
• The impact of abortion and adoption on young fathers

With an extensive list of further readings and resources to help with issues ranging from child support to bonding with your child, this book illustrates to young dads that they are not alone and that there are positive ways of dealing with the difficult choices that lie ahead.

Reviews:

“Unbiased and well-rounded . . . A valuable book.”
—Booklist, *starred review, 12/15/15


“A valuable resource.”
—School Library Journal, 12/15


“An extraordinary book . . . factual, compassionate, supportive, and non-judgmental.”
—CM Reviews, 10/30/15


“A comprehensive and important resource . . . It should be on the shelves of high schools everywhere!”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/16


“An essential read not just for teen dads, but also for those supporting them.”
—National Reading Campaign, 11/27/15


“Worth reading.”
—A Books Eternal Glory, 09/19/15