May 9, 2008
Albany--Girls Incorporated wants girls to think it over before becoming sexually active.
The group kicked off a unique program to prevent teen pregnancies.
As part of the Baby Think it Over Program, six girls ages 11 to 14 took home babies of their own.
The baby simulators cry, coo, burp, and even have to be changed.
The three-month exercise is to help adolescents appreciate the responsibilities of parenthood.
"It actually gives them the experience of what a real mother would have to go through with an infant, and it will allow us to see whether or not they're actually caring for the baby, the biggest thing about Baby Think it Over is it helps to reinforce the Girls Inc. Curriculum that we have to prevent adolescent pregnancy," said LaKisha Bryant, Girls Inc. Executive Director.
The girls will return tomorrow for a debriefing session with their parents about the experience.
The lifelike, life-size babies were provided in collaboration with Phoebe Putney's Network of Trust.