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Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services, 2nd Edition. Naomi Farber, $89.95

Adolescent Pregnancy contains everything a social worker needs to know to address adolescent sexual health risks and the recent rise in teen pregnancy rates. With this book, practitioners can provide young men and women with the tools they need to regain control of their lives and their sexual health.


Angel's Choice. Lauren Baratz-Logsted, $7.99

In one night Angel Hansen's life changes forever: She has sex for the first time. Not that she remembers the act itself — not the pain or the pleasure. But she is left with something that will never let her forget it: an unplanned pregnancy. Angel must make a choice. Abortion? Adoption? Keep it? None of these choices are easy and none of them are perfect. But there is one thing Angel is sure of. Whatever choice she makes, it must be the right one for her. Braced with that knowledge, Angel faces the toughest decision of her life.


Baby & Me: the Essential Guide to Pregnancy and Newborn Care, 5th Edition. Deborah Stewart & Jenny Harvey, $15.95

Baby & Me is a refreshingly simple, practical and friendly guide to pregnancy and the early postpartum weeks. With the emphasis is on healthy habits, lifestyle choices and making informed decisions, the book covers everything expectant parents want — and need — to know. Written in clear, simple language, this book is suitable for a wide range of reading levels.

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Bittersweet Blessing: 16 and Pregnant. Ashley Salazar, $17.00

In BITTERSWEET BLESSING, Ashley Salazar shares the day-to-day realities of being a pregnant teen, reveals the aftermath of her difficult decisions, and recounts her struggles to put her life back together as she come to terms with her new reality.


Bringing Baby Home: the Ultimate Baby Care DVD. Liandrea Productions, $24.95

This Canadian production is a wonderful, reassuring and empowering guide for new parents. With 60 minutes of hints, tips and demonstrations from medical experts and childcare specialists plus answers to frequently asked questions, Bringing Baby Home includes practical and up-to-date advice on:

  • Getting to Know Your Baby
  • Understanding Baby's Language
  • Helping Baby Sleep Better
  • Bathing Newborns
  • Recognizing Baby's Hunger Signals
  • Breastfeeding
  • Infant Massage
  • Changing Relationships

The Community-Based Doula: Supporting Families Before, During, and After Childbirth. Rachel Abramson, Ginger Breedlove, & Beth Isaacs. $34.50

In The Community-Based Doula, the authors highlight how Chicago Health Connection’s community-based doula model extends this role into a long-term relationship, providing support during pregnancy, birth, and the early months of parenting. This book provides research-based evidence of the profound effects doulas can have in the lives of mothers, newborns, their families, and their communities. It also serves as a call to action. The Community-Based Doula provides information and analysis to help social support, home-visiting, and medical and nursing care programs to find new ways to address the needs of birthing families and to relate to the culture, values, and language of young mothers who face difficult challenges.

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Dear Diary, I’m Pregnant: Teenagers Talk about Their Pregnancy. Interviews by Anrenee Englander, $11.95

You’re a teenager. You’re pregnant. Now what?

In poignant and insightful interviews, Anrénee Englander presents the voices of ten pregnant teens as they discuss their experiences and choices around motherhood, adoption and abortion. Presenting different points of view, Dear Diary, I’m Pregnant is a non-judgmental source of information for all teens that provides support and guidance for those who find themselves in this situation.


Hanging On to Max. Margaret Bechard, $11.99

It's Sam Pettigrew's last year of high school. And he's spending it figuring out how, at age seventeen, he is supposed to care for his baby son, Max. Trading footballs for diaper bags and college brochures for feeding schedules, Sam gives fatherhood his best shot. Only no one told him it would be this hard. What if his best isn't good enough?


Healthy Steps for Teen Parents: Volume 1, Pregnancy. InJoy Videos, $49.99 DVD (31 minutes)Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information
Healthy Steps for Teen Parents: Volume 2, Labor & Birth. InJoy Videos, $49.99 DVD (32 minutes)Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information
Healthy Steps for Teen Parents: Volume 3, Postpartum. InJoy Videos, $49.99 DVD (32 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Completely updated, and delivered in an engaging, upbeat style, it gives teens the straight story on the entire birth experience — from pregnancy and birth to parenting and childcare. Direct, honest, and encouraging, this 3 volume set takes a real-world look at how teens can successfully meet the challenges of being young parents.

  • Solution-oriented — advice for teen parenting and staying in school
  • 3D animation — illustrates anatomy of a pregnancy, medical procedures, stages of labor, and cesarean surgery
  • Encouraging — promotes healthier and safer pregnancies, births, and postpartum periods
  • Additional information on prenatal dental health, fetal brain development, skin-to-skin contact, postpartum emotions, abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome), and domestic violence

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Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent & Child Development, 3rd Edition. Carol Klass, $73.50

The ultimate professional development resource for early interventionists, social workers, therapists, and other home visitors, this research-based guidebook is enhanced throughout with up-to-date references and new material on today's hot topics.


Life Skills for Teen Parents DVD Volume 1: Healthy Relationships. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (35 minutes)

Life Skills for Teen Parents DVD Volume 2: Building Your Future. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (32 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

The Life Skills series teaches teens how to overcome common challenges so they can balance parenting with the pursuit of their dreams. Through this positive program, young parents learn the keys to success, from fostering healthy relationships to building a future! Content Includes:

Volume 1: Healthy Relationships

  • Relationship Basics — self-esteem, positive changes, birth control, relationship stages, moving slowly
  • Conflict & Commitment — communication, time-outs, speaker-listener technique, breaking up, unhealthy relationships, marriage, risks of living together
  • Your Support Network & Parenting — healthy and unhealthy friendships, getting along with parents, establishing paternity, shared parenting agreement, other supportive adults

Volume 2: Building Your Future

  • Staying in School & Setting Goals — education, learning potential, childcare, finances, planning, taking action, support
  • Jobs & Money — skills, careers, resume, job-search strategies, interviewing, staying employed, avoiding debt, saving money
  • On Your Own — living at home, finding an apartment

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My Girlfriend's Pregnant: a Teen's Guide to Becoming a Dad. Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, $12.95

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.


Nurturing Touch: Instruction in the Art of Infant Massage. Kalena Babeshoff & Juliana Dellinger-Bavolek. Booklet, $10.95; DVD, $43.95

Nurturing Touch teaches parents and caregivers how to use gentle massage with their children, providing the groundwork for a lifetime of nurturing. The booklet is well illustrated and gives clear instructions on technique and on working with infants. The DVD is a great teaching tool for parents and professionals alike.

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The P.A.R.E.N.T. Approach: How to Teach Young Moms & Dads the Art and Skills of Parenting. Jeanne Warren Lindsay, $14.95

Whether you are a teacher, home visitor or social worker you will find support, strategies, teaching activities, and other help on these pages. The six chapters include reproducible reprints, practical information and resources covering everything from prenatal health to parenting skills.


The Pregnancy Project. Gaby Rodriguez, $14.99

Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others’ expectations? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Gaby’s high school senior project: faking her own pregnancy to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever — and made international headlines in the process.

In THE PREGNANCY PROJECT, Gaby details how she was able to fake her own pregnancy — hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriend’s parents — and reveals what she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gaby’s story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.

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Show Dad How. Shawn Bean, $18.95

From practical to playful, 156 awesome things every new father needs to know, one — clearly illustrated — step at a time.

Show Mom How. Sarah Hines Stephens, $16.95

From sensible and practical to sweet and downright silly, 166 things every new mother needs to know, one — clearly illustrated — step at a time.


Teenage Pregnancy: a New Beginning. Linda Barr & Catherine Monserrat, $26.95

This practical, compassionate and detailed curriculum for pregnant teens has been revised and updated for 2006. It now includes more information on breastfeeding and prenatal & postnatal exercise.


Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: Social and Ethical Issues. Edited by James Wong & David Checkland, $22.95

These original essays, arising from a conference at Ryerson Polytechnic university, explore the many factors affecting how Canadian society responds to, and creates, the phenomenon of teen parenting. The interdisciplinary approach and the Canadian focus make this (a) unique gathering of facts and ideas.

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Complete Booklist

Resources for Professionals

Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services, 2nd Edition. Naomi Farber, $89.95

The Community-Based Doula: Supporting Families Before, During, and After Childbirth. Rachel Abramson, Ginger Breedlove, & Beth Isaacs. $34.50

Early Intervention with Multi-Risk Families: An Integrative Approach. Sarah Landy & Rosanne Menna, $60.50

Healthy Steps for Teen Parents DVD: Volume 1, Pregnancy. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (31 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Healthy Steps for Teen Parents DVD: Volume 2, Labor & Birth. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (32 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Healthy Steps for Teen Parents DVD: Volume 3, Postpartum. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (32 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent & Child Development, 3rd Edition. Carol Klass, $73.50

Life Skills for Teen Parents DVD Volume 1: Healthy Relationships. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (35 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Life Skills for Teen Parents DVD Volume 2: Building Your Future. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (32 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

The P.A.R.E.N.T. Approach: How to Teach Young Moms & Dads the Art and Skills of Parenting. Jeanne Warren Lindsay, $14.95

Pathways to Competence for Young Children: a Parenting Program (Book and CD-ROM). Sarah Landy & Elizabeth Thompson, $81.50

Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: Social and Ethical Issues. Edited by James Wong & David Checkland, $26.95

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Resources for Young Childbearing Families

Angel's Choice. Lauren Baratz-Logsted, $7.99 (novel)

Annie's Baby: the Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager. Beatrice Sparks (ed), $7.25

Baby & Me: the Essential Guide to Pregnancy and Newborn Care, 5th Edition. Deborah Stewart & Jenny Harvey, $15.95

Best Start: Your Baby's First Year. Deborah Stewart & Linda Ungerleiter, $12.95

Bittersweet Blessing: 16 and Pregnant. Ashley Salazar, $17.00

Bringing Baby Home: the Ultimate Baby Care DVD. Liandrea Productions, $24.95. DVD format

Daycare & Diplomas: Teen Mothers Who Stayed in School. South Vista Education Center, $123.95

Dear Diary, I’m Pregnant: Teenagers Talk about Their Pregnancy. Interviews by Anrenee Englander, $11.95

Games to Play with Babies. Jackie Silberg, $19.95

Hanging On to Max (novel). Margaret Bechard, $11.99

"I'm Pregnant, Now What Do I Do?" Robert Buckingham & Mary Derby, $21.00

My Girlfriend's Pregnant: a Teen's Guide to Becoming a Dad. Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, $12.95

Nurturing Touch: Instruction in the Art of Infant Massage. Kalena Babeshoff & Juliana Dellinger-Bavolek. Booklet, $10.95; DVD, $43.95

The Pregnancy Project. Gaby Rodriguez, $14.99

Show Dad How. Shawn Bean, $16.95

Show Mom How. Sarah Hines Stephens, $18.95

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For other books of related interest, please see our booklists on Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting.

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