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What If All Those Girls on "16 and Pregnant" Had a Doula?

16 and Pregnant

We have all seen the show… Teens and their boyfriends preparing for babies, virtually clueless and often with little support, or help from family members other than a roof to live under.

These girls are blindly following everything that their provider tells them, even if they hate the provider to begin with, which we have seen in countless episodes in the three seasons it has been airing on MTV.

The question about a doula dawned on me during the first season when I saw these young girls going through labor virtually unsupported, and with little knowledge of the procedures and practices they were undergoing to bring their child into the world.   Induction is suggested, they pick a date… not ask what the reason behind the induction actually is.   Their due date is close, so they sign right up to get that baby here before its expiration date.

Contrary to what some of these girls believe, their baby isn’t going to go bad if it actually makes it to 40 weeks gestation!  GASP!!

But now a new facebook group has popped up telling MTV to start providing doulas for these poor girls to help them not only through labor, but to make educated and informed decisions on their health care. Something that hasn’t been frequently happening in this series. These girls are babies themselves, and really need all the support they can get from any source.

On the facebook page wall, Jesse Jane wrote:

The producers of this show are responsible to give these girls more education, young people need mentoring. Doulas can help these girls have healthy pregnancy’s and gain confidence and wisdom on how to transition into motherhood and be loving mothers. If the producers do not take the opportunity to do honest good for these girls, then they are missing a grand opportunity for everyone.

Which I fully agree with!

A message of this nature would not only do these young moms justice, but it would also help to send a larger message to the viewers about maternity care, and informed decision.

And of course the fact that lots of women have doulas at their births, not just those crazy hippy homebirthers that have been stereotyped into that category.

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