Teenage parents and girls about to become mothers have a new resource.
The ALC Pregnancy Resource Center of Shelbyville welcomed seven students from the districts TeenAge Parenting Program (TAPP).
According to TAPP Coordinator Lisa Pack, ALC has merged with the New Hope Pregnancy Center in Bullitt County to provide services for expectant parents.
“Several of the girls had ultrasounds,” she said. “One had her boyfriend and they got to see their baby’s development in the womb. It was fascinating for everyone.”
North Bullitt High School student London Seward and boyfriend Brandon Griffith saw what their daughter, Journey, looks like at 24 weeks into development.
ALC Site Director Tyler Mattingly discussed with students the many resources offered by the center.
- Educate women facing an unplanned pregnancy about the choices and decisions they are facing
- Parenting classes, prenatal classes and infant care classes
- Offer one-on-one mentoring
- Material assistance – car seats, baby clothing, household items, etc.
- Free pregnancy testing
- Offer up to date information on sexually transmitted infections
- Provide free limited ultrasounds to women with a positive pregnancy test performed at ALC and medical approval
- Provide emotional support for women after abortion
- Offer all services free of charge and confidentially
ALC nurse Sara Reece is teaching a monthly one-hour parenting class allowing students to earn baby bucks they could redeem for various items in the store located at ALC.
“All of the parenting classes are tailored to the age and stage of the baby and the parents.” Pack explained.
Tristen Cummins of Bullitt Central is 34 weeks pregnant while Kaitlynn Self of Riverview Opportunity Center is only 18 weeks. Both had ultrasounds so Tristen could see her son, who will be named Greyson, and Kaitlynn had the chance to see her little girl for the first time.
Bullitt Central High School student Destiny Crosby has a nine month old son named JaMarcus while fellow BC student Maya Miller-Shelton has an eighth month old son named Josiah.
Both infants are cared for in the state licensed child development center located at Riverview Opportunity Center. This allows teen parents to complete their high school education.
Learning a baby is on the way can be frightening for anyone, especially a teenager.
Pack and her staff work hard to support the youth through education.