According to an analysis by Child Trends, teen births have fallen by 77 percent since 1991. In an article written by Jason DeParle for The New York Times, 2023 Ascend Parent Advisor, Brittnee Marsaw, shares her personal experiences being born to a teen mother and waiting to start her own family. In addition, Ana Alvarez of Mary’s Center, an Ascend Network Partner, shares her story.
“This is a very, very, very good topic — it touches home with me in so many ways!” Brittnee Marsaw said, adding that teen pregnancy and child poverty reinforce each other. “If you escape one, you have a better chance of escaping the other.”