issue in Ireland has increased in recent years (Dempsey et al, 2001). Statistics propose that Ireland is ranked within the top ten countries in the developed world for births in women aged 15-19 years of age (Fullerton, 2004, as cited by Lalor et al,2007, p.102). In 2005, teenage pregnancies accounted for 3.9% of total births thatyear, with a total of 2,427 females aged 15-19 giving birth (CSO, 2005, as cited byCrisis Pregnancy Agency, 2006, p.3).Teenage pregnancies are generally viewed in a negative light by society (Esdaile &Olsen, 2004). A report by UNICEF (2001) proposed that teenage motherhood isconsidered a problem as it is “strongly associated with a range of disadvantages for the mother, her child, for society in general, and for taxpayers in particular” (as cited by Department of Health and Children, 2002, p.28). Seamark & Lings (2004) notethat previous research has been criticised in its preoccupation with the disadvantagesassociated with teenage pregnancy. Reluctance is evident, both within the literatureand within society as a whole, to celebrate the obstacles that teenage mothersovercome and the psychological benefit that some women may gain from theexperience. Moore & Rosenthal (1995) note that the young woman’s own reaction to becoming pregnant is likely to be dictated by the values held in her culture (as cited by Dempsey et al, 2001). Historically in Ireland sexual activity was viewed as beingdeviant or immoral, and while attitudes have changed somewhat, this outlook prevailsto varying degrees (Lalor et al, 2007). Dempsey et al (2001) acknowledged that manyIrish teenagers fear telling their parents when pregnancy occurs as acceptance of teenage sexual activity is “a relatively recent phenomenon” (p.26).