AAP Voices


AAP Voices

​​​​​Welcome to AAP Voices, the official blog of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where AAP member pediatricians and others share their perspectives on a wide variety of topics relating to children's health and wellness. ​​

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Helping Kids Raising Kids
Margaret Ellis, DO, MSPH and Emily Ross, MD
(May 23, 2017​)​

When we first met Blanca, she was five months pregnant and in a totally unfamiliar place, having just immigrated from Central America. Leaving her entire family behind, she had braved the border crossing in an attempt to make a better life for herself and her unborn child. The victim of gang violence and rape, Blanca had seen and experienced more in her 14 years than we can even imagine​. 

In our university-based medical clinic, we see pregnant girls as young as 11. Often, these young patients face some of the same risks their own parents did, and are caught up in a multi-generational cycle of poverty, educational barriers, stress.

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