Baby Class Teaches Challenges of Motherhood
By: Wendy Ray
People say your life totally changes after you have a child, but it's hard to really take that in if you're not a parent. A class at Bell City High School is teaching young girls it's not easy to be a mom.
The students are also learning that after nine months you have a baby, that cries and needs constant attention. 16 year old Linsey Daniels says it would be hard to be a mom at her age. "We've had the babies the last week and it's hard to get your homework done. It's hard to help around the house because they keep you up at night, you're tired when you get to school the next morning," Linsey says.
School nurse Pam Lape says you can show them statistics in text books, but nothing compares to the hands on experience the girls are getting. Lape adds that teen pregnancy continues to be an issue. "Missouri is a state with a high teen pregnancy rate, but southeast Missouri, that includes the bootheel, is the highest of all the state," Lape says.
The class has changed Linsey's perspective on when she wants to become a mom. "I want to wait until I'm 30," Linsey says.