While teen births in the U.S. are at their lowest level in almost 70 years, Tennessee still has the 10th highest teen birth rate in the country.
According to a study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2010, 4.32% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth.
Fourteen-year-old Caitlin Milewski, of Unionville, is too young to even be counted in the federal report.
She was 13 when she got pregnant and 14 when she gave birth to her son, Kayden, who is now nine months old.
Now, many people think Kayden is her little brother.
Caitlin waited more than three months before telling her mother she was pregnant.
“I was crying, she was crying,” said Milewski. “I didn't want to tell her honestly because all the stuff she would say [and] I knew my dad would freak out.”
Linda Milewski, Caitlin's mother, said she had no idea sexual activity was an issue at that age.
She was planning to wait until Caitlin was 14 or 15 before they had a conversation about sex and contraception.
Milewski has lost all her friends since she got pregnant and has changed schools four times because of harassment from her peers.
“She's an outcast,” Linda said.
Caitlin was hospitalized for depression and now wants to encourage other kids to think twice before becoming sexually active, particularly if they are not on birth control
“It's a serious decision to make,” she said. “It's not a [kid] thing, it's not like 'Oh if I get pregnant this guy will stay with me.' It's not like that.”
Caitlin also said schools should better educate kids about the consequences of teen pregnancy and contraception.
“Every teenager is going to do something, even if you tell them not to. If you tell them not to, they're definitely going to,” she said.
Caitlin says she's committed to being a good mom while still pursuing her own dreams no matter how difficult that may be.