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Exemplary Service: The Door's Perinatal Program for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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The perinatal program for urban youth at The Door, located in New York City, provides accessible, comprehensive, high-quality prenatal services to pregnant teens. Through a holistic, family-centered, youth-development approach, the program seeks to counteract the adverse medical risks and psychosocial consequences of early childbirth and child rearing in order to improve the immediate and long-term futures of the mother and her new family. The Door's services are presented, along with a description of the agency's service model and an analysis of 100 pregnant teens enrolled in its perinatal program.

Keywords: adolescent pregnancy; perinatal education; teen births

Document Type: Standard Article


Affiliations: 1: TRACEY DEWART is a Senior Research Associate at Baruch College School of Public Health in New York, New York. 2: DONNA ZAENGLE is the Supervisor of the perinatal program at The Door in New York, New York.

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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