WBEZ | plan B http://www.wbez.org/tags/plan-b Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Plan B push for young teenage girls http://www.wbez.org/news/plan-b-push-young-teenage-girls-104029 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/morning after pill.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The so-called morning after pill may soon be a lot easier for young teenage girls to get their hands on. Currently, only those who are 17 and older can buy emergency contraceptives over-the-counter.<br /><br />The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging doctors to offer contraceptives, like Plan B, &nbsp;to all adolescents---regardless of age. The Chicago-based AAP said teen pregnancies have significantly decreased over the past two decades. But the U.S. still has the highest birth rate in adolescents compared to all other developed countries.<br /><br />&ldquo;We think the reason that it hasn&rsquo;t affected the rate of teen pregnancy is because kids don&rsquo;t know about it, teenagers don&rsquo;t know about emergency contraception,&rdquo; said professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children&rsquo;s Hospital at the University of Washington, Cora Breuner.<br /><br />&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t actually know if that would reduce teen pregnancy because there&rsquo;s no data showing that advanced prescription will reduce it,&rdquo; Breuner said. &ldquo;But we do know that when you do prescribe it, teenagers will use it, as oppose to many of the drugs that we write prescriptions for and people don&rsquo;t fill, this one, they do.&rdquo;<br /><br />Melissa Gilliam, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Chicago, said teenage pregnancy is a complex issue that will require many steps to solve. In one week, Gilliam said she treated three 12-year-old girls who were all sexually active. &nbsp;<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know that we&rsquo;ll actually see big changes due to this, however, it represents a very important step in the right direction, which is acknowledging adolescent behavior,&rdquo; Gilliam said. &ldquo;And instead of saying, &#39;Oh we don&rsquo;t want to talk about this because we wish it didn&rsquo;t exist,&#39; to actually try and have very realistic and practical approaches to preventing teen pregnancy.&rdquo;<br /><br />The AAP is pushing for emergency contraceptives to be available over-the-counter to adolescents of all ages and for pediatricians to offer advanced prescriptions and education to their patients.<br /><br />The recommendation was published in a policy paper today.</p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/plan-b-push-young-teenage-girls-104029 Plan B: How hard economic times are prompting some to make a career change http://www.wbez.org/story/plan-b-how-hard-economic-times-are-prompting-some-make-career-change-91292 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-31/KatlinPetrow_Changing Gears_Dan Bobkoff.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483681-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-31/cg-plan-b110901cg.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>Whether you think the recession is over or not, it’s been hard on many people in the Midwest and the country.</p><p>So, our Changing Gears team went out to find some people whose circumstances have forced them make some tough choices that are, perhaps, working out for the better.</p><p>Here are three stories of plan B.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/BethCoats_Changing Gears_Dustin Dwyer.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 224px; float: left; margin: 8px;" title="(Photo by Dustin Dwyer)"></p><ul><li><strong>Name:</strong>&nbsp;Beth Coats</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Lives:</strong>&nbsp;West Olive, Mich.</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Plan B:</strong>&nbsp;Peace Corps</li></ul><p>Beth Coats had worked in a medical practice for years. Divorce, job loss, and foreclosure added up to a bad situation.</p><p>With little to lose, Coats is hoping to do something she’s been thinking about for decades: the Peace Corps. She loves travel, so why not?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/KatlinPetrow_Changing Gears_Dan Bobkoff.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 224px; margin: 8px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Dan Bobkoff)"><strong>Name:</strong>&nbsp;Katlin Petrow</p><ul><li><strong>Lives:</strong>&nbsp;Chagrin Falls, Ohio</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Plan B:</strong>&nbsp;Pooch Parade</li></ul><p>Katlin Petrow always loved animals. When her husband’s salary was no longer enough to support the family, Petrow decided to turn her interest into a career. She created Pooch Parade as a full service pet sitting, walking, and care provider.</p><p>With a growing number of clients, it’s turned into a significant revenue stream for the family.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/James Foster and son Harry_Changing Gears_Niala Boodhoo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 501px; margin: 8px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Niala Boodhoo)"></p><ul><li>&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Name:</strong> James Foster</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Lives:</strong> Chicago, Ill.</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Plan B:</strong> “I stay home, my wife works.”</li></ul><p>Prior to being laid off in 2008, Foster had been a textbook editor.</p><p>He and his wife had just had their first child, Harry, and she was planning to stay home with him. They both hit the job market, and she got hired first.</p><p>While Foster said misses the intellectual stimulation of his career, he treasures the simple everyday moments he has with Harry, who’s now two. “I get to see all the firsts,” he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>This story is informed by the&nbsp;Public&nbsp;Insight&nbsp;Network. It was produced by Dan Bobkoff with help from Niala Boodhoo, Sarah Alvarez, and Dustin Dwyer.</em></p></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/plan-b-how-hard-economic-times-are-prompting-some-make-career-change-91292