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January 09, 2007

There For The Birth

The number of teens having babies has dropped dramatically in the last decade, but one out of every three American girls still gets pregnant before age 20. That's at least four times the rate in France, Germany and Japan, and it's the highest rate in the industrialized world. 

The idea of women assisting other women during birth is as old as human history, but in Chicago, the practice has taken on a new twist. A movement started there a decade ago to help at-risk, low income teen moms cope before, during and after the birth of their babies.  The program trains and employs birthing coaches called doulas.

Dick talks with Loretha Weisinger, a doula, and Rochelle Rockamore, 15, a young mother she helped.

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