2. Connect to Peer Support
As much as you want to help, a pregnant teen may still consider you not to be trusted. You are separated by age and education, perhaps even race and social class. You are part of the establishment. You dream of having an open, trusting relationship with every student, hoping they see you as a friend and mentor rather than a judge, but this is rarely the case with teens.
Most of the student body may alienate or harass a pregnant classmate, but she can find support and advice from her peers as well. A positive group of friends can help her make the right decisions and move forward. Identify acquaintances that are good for her as well as those that are not. Do your best to point her toward friends who will benefit her. Perhaps you know an older student who can take her under her wing, as well.
In our shrinking world, there are increasingly more positive connections and influences available. Groups such as Stand Up Girl let teens who are pregnant or think they might be know they are not alone. The site is filled with real stories from girls and women who have been through it. They connect teens to local support, educate them about options and help them through every step.
Fear and hopelessness can lead to bad decisions. Confidence and hope can carry a teen through this trouble.