UK Officials Post Shock Video of "Teen Birth"
May 28, 2009
A gritty video simulation of a schoolyard birth meant to deter teen pregnancy is capturing worldwide attention on the Internet.
"Hairs on the back of my neck do stand up, but you know teenage pregnancy is a hard-hitting issue and we've got lots of teenage pregnancies in our city," said Liz Rodrigo, a public health specialist in Leicester.
Leicester City annually has about 50 conceptions per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 17, eight more than the country's average. Britain's teen pregnancy rates are among the highest in Europe and on the rise in England and Wales.
Rodrigo said teens came up with the idea and later worked out the details in focus groups. Actors in the video are local students.
The teens suggested a shocking or funny approach to address teen pregnancy, she said, as opposed to the current methods they considered "preachy." The video was shot to appear that it was recorded on a cell phone, and is displayed in a cell phone graphic on the partnership's site.
05.20.2009; Nancy Zuckerbrod
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