Resources Available in Coachella Valley for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
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CREATED May. 29, 2013
PALM SPRINGS - With May being National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, health educators in the Valley are offering more educational resources to teens.
"I don't want to get pregnant," says 19-year-old Nicole Culwell, "I don't want to be another one."
Culwell attends the teen clinic in Palm Springs. She says she wants to avoid an unwanted pregnancy unlike some of her friends.
"It's like every high school I went to there were so many pregnancies. It's quite unbelievable that the teen rate of pregnancies has gone up so much," says Culwell.
What the teen clinic offers her is knowledge, she shares. The health educators in charge of the teen clinic says that some girls attend for education and others because they are sexually active.
"They need to protect themselves from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases," shares Marian Stahl, "We want them to come here to educate them." Stahl teaches the girls about birth control and safe methods to practice sex.
Despite these resources, the Coachella Valley still sees a high teen pregnancy rate in girls ages 15 to 17. Desert Hot Springs is number one, followed by Mecca, Coachella and Indio.
"There's probably a variety of reasons, cultural maybe, lack of education, lack of services," adds Stahl, "One of the things I'm excited about is we have an increased amount of services in the East Valley near Thermal and Mecca."
There is another clinic In indio. These are free of charge, and teens 12-19 don't need their parents' permission to attend.