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If you’re a teen and you’ve learned that you are going to become a father, this could be a confusing time for you. It’s completely normal to have lots of different thoughts and feelings, and it will take a long time to get used to the idea of becoming a father. This guide will help you think through some of the issues you are facing.

 

How might I feel when I find out I am going to be a father?

When you find out you are going to be a father, you might feel:

If you’re having difficulty dealing with any of these feelings, it may help to talk with the woman carrying the baby (whether or not she’s your partner), because she may be feeling many of the same things. If you don’t have good communication with her, it may help to talk with a health care provider, parent/guardian, or another trusted adult.

 

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Written by the YMH Staff at Boston Children's Hospital

 

Updated: 6/28/2010

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