7 Reasons Why School Is Possible During Pregnancy
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cite pregnancy as the no. 1 reason pregnant young students drop out of high school. According to these organizations, more than 50% of pregnant young women never graduate from high school, and less than 2% of pregnant young women earn a college degree by age 30.
Being pregnant, you may find the prospect of attending every day school more challenging. To be at school every single day can be very hard considering the morning sickness that makes it difficult for some of you to get to school in the morning, making you feel sick and tired at times, your mood swings, regular doctor visits that result in you being absent quite frequently and the fear of social stigmas if you are a pregnant teen.
This leads to the need to miss your classes and can make it hard for you to stick to the school timetable. Thus you can see why some girls/young women are hesitant to continue their education under such circumstances.
Also, till the recent past, many schools were less than hesitant to keep girls/young women in school once their pregnancies became evident. In fact, some schools discouraged them from remaining in school, either by offering them alternative education options or by creating policies that made it very difficult for them to succeed in classes while they were pregnant.
It is absolutely possible to be pregnant and still be in school. In fact, it is an excellent idea to continue with your education while you’re pregnant.
The key to making this work, to achieve what you want, is to know what roadblocks you will face, to plan in advance, and to make sure that you take care of yourself, have good family support and support from friends and teachers to help catch up with the studies that you would have missed in class.
More options and assistance programs are now back to help pregnant students to become academically successful. Programs are designed to prevent pregnant students from dropping out of school.
Creating a positive condition in all areas of the school is imperative so that pregnant students can engage and connect well with the school and feel involved and invested in achieving short- and long-term goals. As a pregnant student, you may be able to do your learning at home or with a visiting teacher. Some colleges have started to let you start early so that you can do a course that is not usually offered in school.
It's all about choosing the right place with the right facilities and suitable policies, which is not that hard with various tools and search platforms available for future students these days.
So, here are 7 reasons why school is possible for you during pregnancy:
1. Title IX:
Pregnant students are protected under Title IX from any gender-based discrimination in higher education, including access to grants and scholarships. All public educational care facilities, institutions are accountable to protect you as a pregnant student under this title IX. In addition, once the baby is born, students can qualify for child care subsidies while they are studying at least half-time at university.
Plus, several foundations offer scholarships and grants specifically to help pregnant and parenting women attend college. Under this, as a pregnant student, you can have access to elevators, be seated near the door so that you can take frequent trips to the restroom and not be penalized for pregnancy-related bodily demands.
2. On-site Individual Counseling and Mentoring:
School programs have started providing opportunities by engaging those students who are pregnant with positive role models and mentoring opportunities. These school programs include diverse staff who are not only academic and resource/support teachers but also counsellors, social workers and nurses/mid-wives, all focused on preventing you as a pregnant student from dropping out of school.
The school social worker is made available for you who coordinates interactions with the various staff members and services, processes the admission of new pregnant student and collaborates on individualized learning plans to address academic, health, emotional and career goals.
They also provide holistic education for pregnant students that include personal, emotional and academic integrity; parental support; post-secondary preparation and a home away from home offering a stable, consistent environment that supports such pregnant students’ academic, social, emotional and physical needs.
3. Building Confidence, Self-Esteem and Attendance:
In addition to relationships with school staff, dedicated pregnant student school programs include methodical activities to build self-confidence and improve decision making. Standard academic subjects and classes are offered, and teachers develop their curriculum and such an environment in the classroom that does foster self-esteem, self-advancement, developing of life skills, including planning for a career and independent living.
The school allows you to be absent from classes if your absence is related to pregnancy. You would be then given the chance to make up for the classes missed including the tests, presentations and homework.
4. Providing Prenatal, Parenting and Life Skills Programs:
Prenatal programs are needed so that as a pregnant student you get to learn about nutrition, exercise and caring for yourselves while pregnant. Schools have tried and developed courses/special classes during free periods and after school prenatal care programs. Schools also have been assisting students in accessing such programs provided by other community-based entities. They even offer course credits to you if you want to take part in such programs.
These programs also provide information and training in parenting skills and child development and child health. Some of these programs include practical experiences where you can learn how to feed, bathe and diaper infants. Some schools have also started providing life skill courses such as time management, balancing between school and parenting and handling finances, so that you can complete school.
These programs also help you prepare for the challenges posed by higher education and career by making you ready to take up a job. They also facilitate access for you while pregnant to many health and social service programs.
5. Child Care and Early Learning Programs:
These programs help keep parenting students in school by offering child care and early childhood education. They also enhance parenting skills and try to provide transportation for you and your children. Schools that cannot provide a child care center do help you locate and secure high-quality early learning programs and services that are affordable and also help connect you with available resources in the community.
If the school you have set your mind on doesn't offer the desired facilities, don't get discouraged. There are plenty of other educational opportunities around you that you might not know about. Do an in-depth research on the schooling scene around you and proceed to your dream.
6. Initializing Dropout Prevention Programs:
These programs identify students at a higher risk of dropping out, contact them and encourage them to remain in or return to school. The programs provide flexible academic options for you pregnant students, so that you do not lose or lag behind in earning credits towards graduation. To help you get back on track, an academic credit recovery component is included.
7. Providing Individual and Group Support:
In addition to supporting pregnancy- and parenting-related issues, school social work involves individual and group counseling both in and out of the classroom setting over critical issues involving your mental health, substance abuse, poverty and past academic failure.
It definitely is quite difficult to resume/return to education if you are pregnant. So take that little extra effort while you're still young and strive towards a degree. It'll help you to feel better about yourself and more confident about your future with the arrival of your baby.
You Can Do It! Don’t give up!