The Centers for Disease Control has released some startling statistics about teen pregnancy in West Virginia.
The number of 15 to 17 year old girls giving birth in the state is up 17 percent.
West Virginia is the only state with that kind of spike.
Teen mother Julie Akers is raising two children. She was a sophomore in high school when she first got pregnant. She says it wasn't easy to grow up fast and she wants other teens to know about the realities of being a young mom.
"It was every day just getting up, making bottles, changing diapers, changing clothes and going to doctors appointments," Akers said.
She adds though that her life is better because her children are in it.
According to the latest state figures Calhoun, Clay, Mingo, McDowell and Tyler counties had the highest rates of teen births in West Virginia.