They’d come to every doctor appointment and had even gone so far as to help me choose my donor, though I was technically having a baby alone—I would be a single mom by choice. Starving already, I was off to enjoy a triumphant falafel. The first thing every guy wanted to know about was my relationship with the baby daddy. I found myself endlessly explaining my choices to guys I didn’t even want to go out with anymore. He called me sneaky for not disclosing my pregnancy right away.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “Pregnancies among girls less than 18 years of age have irreparable consequences.Teenage pregnancy in developed countries is usually outside of marriage, and carries a social stigma in many communities and cultures.By contrast, teenage parents in developing countries are often married, and their pregnancies welcomed by family and society. One of the many reasons that I initially felt this was the right decision for me was that I wanted to relax a little when it came to the pursuit of romance. Also, even though I’d gotten pregnant on my own terms, I didn’t want to close the door on love.As we sat in the parking lot, talking animatedly of everything from politics to art to religion, and even, Neruda, I realized feeling a strange connection with the woman.