By peoplestaff225
Updated December 20, 2007 09:42 AM
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From the time the news broke on Tuesday night, CBB was inundated with people looking for information on Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy. The number of visitors to the site jumped 17% in the five hours following the announcement.

Very few people actually rejoice when a 16 year old gets pregnant so it’s no surprise that the backlash to Jamie Lynn Spears’ announcing that she is expecting has been primarily negative. For the most part, Celebrity Baby Blog readers seem to think it’s a mistake for 16 year olds to become parents (remember Keisha Castle-Hughes?), but many admire her for not hiding it.

The truth of the matter is that the United States’ teen pregnancy rates are still staggering. According to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 31% of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 — about 750,000 a year. Eight in ten of these pregnancies are unintended and 81% are to unmarried teens. And while the numbers of teen pregnancies had been on the decline, CNN reports that they have started to rise back up, for the first time in 14 years, statistics show a 3% increase in teens having babies.

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In response to the announcement, we posted an article with advice on how parents of Jamie Lynn’s fans can talk to their children and the response was overwhelming. Some people were supportive of Jamie Lynn’s situation,

Others had a slightly different take,

The larger conversation this has stirred up has been when it’s time to have "the talk" with our children and what exactly we should say and do to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy in our families. Many readers whose children are fans of Jamie Lynn’s show, ‘Zoey 101," are concerned how their kids will interpret the news and are worried that they’ll have to have the sex talk earlier than they planned.

CBB readers come from all walks of life and bring lots of life experience and opinions with them. We are just glad we gave them a place to let it all out.