These are the youngest teen moms on YouTube

Teen mom YouTubers have become popular vloggers on the video sharing platform, as they've offered firsthand looks into becoming a parent at a young age — an experience shared by many. According to DoSomething.org, every three in ten American teenage girls will become pregnant before the age of 20, and more than 50 percent of teen moms won't graduate high school. While those numbers may seem startling, WomensHealth.gov reports that teen pregnancy has dropped by half since 1991.

Educating young girls about how to prevent pregnancy has been fundamental in lowering those numbers, and the media has become one of the most important resources for teens across the U.S., thanks to programs like MTV's hit series 16 and Pregnant, which led to a 4.3 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months after its premiere on TV, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

And now the next generation of young girls have a whole new outlet to turn to for research and advice on the topic: YouTube. The video platform is a haven for girls who need information on the realities of teen parenthood.

Allie Brooke

Allie Brooke and her then-boyfriend were dating for almost two years when she discovered the news that would change her life forever: She was pregnant at 17 years old. For the high schoolers, the news came at the "worst time," as they were both applying to colleges and were essentially figuring out the next point of their lives together. With the surprising news, however, plans changed.

The young mom detailed how she was initially in denial when she learned she was pregnant, and she described the difficult decisions she was faced with in a YouTube video posted on June 14, 2017. "I'm telling you right now, you could be 17 years old and watching this and you think that you understand everything. You think literally it's you against the world," she said, adding, "Sorry, that's not how it works. If you do make certain choices, there will be consequences." 

Brooke eventually gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Cartia when she was 18. The teen mom and her child's father are no longer together; however, Brooke continues to happily raise her daughter and shares her life on YouTube to assure other young moms that they aren't alone.

Lexa Moedano

When 14-year-old Lexa Moedano was entering her freshman year of high school in 2015, she had to take on a lot more than book reports and exams. The teen discovered she was pregnant, and she wasn't ready to open up about the huge news with her classmates. In a December 2017 YouTube video, she detailed the difficulties she faced making friends and her goal to keep her pregnancy a secret. "I didn't embrace my pregnancy at all," she said. "I didn't even tell anybody."

Eventually, her classmates found out she was expecting a baby, and Moedano learned to navigate the school halls as a pregnant teen. The baby's father is no longer in her life, but, thankfully, Moedano's mom helps her watch her son while she continues attending school.

In one April 2018 YouTube video, Moedano said that although it's hard being a single teen mom, she loves it: "It's hard being a mom, but obviously I [sic] be enjoying it all the time. Like, I love my kid, and I love being a mom — a young mom. It doesn't bother me at all. I actually like it."

Unique Lashea

Feisty 15-year-old Unique Láshea had an on-and-off relationship with her boyfriend when they got the shock of their lives: She was pregnant. Due to the uncertainty of their relationship, Láshea initially considered having an abortion; however, the teen eventually changed her mind. Láshea gave birth to a girl she named Amoura, and she explained that the father of her child changed for the better once their daughter was born.

Along with going to school and raising a baby as a teenager, Láshea booked an acting role on the Crackle drama series The Oath and had to leave her daughter for three weeks to film in July 2018. 

Despite all of the life hurdles and responsibilities, Láshea has continued to successfully raise her daughter, and the teen mom graduated from high school in May 2019. As she explained in one YouTube video, "I thank God every day for blessing me with a healthy, beautiful baby, and I do thank God for putting me through this experience because … at the end of the day, it made me a stronger person, and her being here is doing nothing but just motivating me to do better in my life."

Yasmyn Switzer

Yasmyn Switzer hasn't lived the typical life of a regular teenager — and that was before she unexpectedly became pregnant at age 16. The blonde beauty has dealt with family issues like a mom who struggled with substance abuse, and she's helped raise her two younger sisters. 

Switzer's life changed dramatically in the summer of 2017, when she went to live with her aunt and uncle. She got a job as a lifeguard and met her summer fling who would, as Switzer claimed in one YouTube video, purposefully impregnate her so she would stay in a relationship with him. However, he left her life soon after their daughter, Laela, was born. "I felt extremely violated," Switzer recalled. "He forced me to make the biggest decision of my life, one of the hardest decisions for someone to make. It's something that changed my life so drastically, and now he's not even a part of my life." 

Now a high school graduate, the teen mom is in a happy relationship with her boyfriend, Logan, and, in May 2019, the pair announced they were expecting their first child together.

Maddie Lambert

Maddie Lambert was just 14 years old when she learned she was pregnant. Initially, Lambert suspected her pregnancy symptoms were due to depression caused by a breakup from a serious boyfriend; however, Lambert took a pregnancy test that confirmed she was going to have a baby.

Despite being so young and being broken up with her baby's father, the teen was excited and happy to be having a child. Plus, she had an extremely supportive mother who told her they were going to get through the big life change together. In one September 2018 YouTube video, Lambert explained her mother's reaction to her pregnancy news: "She said, 'Maddie, it's gonna be okay. I love babies. We can get through this. You're a strong girl. We can't go back and change the past. We've got to embrace the future."

After experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Lambert gave birth to a beautiful baby girl she named Everly. Lambert continues to share her teen mom struggles as she raises a toddler to over 1.2 million YouTube subscribers whom she calls "Foreverlys."

Camryn Turner

Camryn Turner and her boyfriend had been dating seriously for two years when she found out she was pregnant at age 16. To make the situation even harder, Turner was forced to move away from her boyfriend just a few weeks into her pregnancy. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Colette, seven weeks before her due date, and the baby is now happy and healthy.

She explained how grateful she was for her family in one YouTube video, saying, "I'm obviously very lucky to be in the situation that I'm in. To not have been kicked out of my house, to not have been told to get an abortion … Everybody was super supportive, and I'm so grateful that I have the people that I do in my life."

After sharing her pregnancy story and teen mom struggles on YouTube, her channel grew to over 882,000 subscribers. Now, Turner is married and raising Collette with her husband.

Ana Gomez

Ana Gomez was just 13 years old when she found out she was pregnant. While shocking, the news should not have come as too much of a surprise for the teen because she and her boyfriend were not using protection or birth control over the course of their relationship. 

Still a child herself, Gomez shared the surprising pregnancy news with her mother, who did not handle it well. Gomez explained in one YouTube video, "I let her down. I let my mom down. She just looked at me and she just started crying, and she was like, 'How could you do this to me?'" At the time, the Gomez family was struggling to make ends meet and had been sharing one bedroom together. 

Gomez eventually gave birth to her son, Nathan, and is currently raising him and sharing her parenting journey on YouTube. On the platform, the teen mom shares advice to other young mothers.

Natalie Shay

Natalie Shay was a bit of a rebel when she was 14 years old. Her parents disapproved of her relationship, but she continued to see her boyfriend. After six months of dating, the pair became sexually active, and, just two months later, Shay became pregnant.

Soon her parents found out about the pregnancy, and, while they were initially disappointed, they have supported their daughter every step of the way. Shay delivered a healthy baby girl she named Rylah, and she continues to live with her parents while attending school and working at McDonald's

Shay created her YouTube channel to share her teen mom struggles with others and to provide advice for other young moms who are sharing similar experiences. Despite having a great support system, Shay has struggled with anxiety, as she discussed in one YouTube video, stating, "Anxiety is a serious thing, especially when you're a teen mom. I have dreams where I wake up with anxiety attacks. … I'm always so stressed and that's really not good — I'm only 16."

Sophie Gonzalez

Sophie Gonzalez was just 16 years old when she learned that she was pregnant with twins. The shocked teen turned to YouTube in search of advice from other teen moms who were going through the same thing. As she explained in one YouTube video, "When I first found out I was pregnant I went right to YouTube and was searching up teen moms and listening to their stories, and, honestly, their videos helped me more than I could probably ever say."

She decided to create her own YouTube channel to document her pregnancy and life as a teen mom. She said she wanted to help others because seeing other young moms be good parents and be happy in their videos was inspirational for her during her pregnancy. Gonzalez eventually gave birth to her twins naturally at 32 weeks pregnant, and she shared her labor and delivery story in an emotional YouTube video.

Olivia Palmer

Naturally independent and headstrong, Olivia Palmer had her whole life change when she learned she became pregnant at age 16. After having some issues with her birth control, the teen started experiencing pregnancy symptoms. She eventually took a pregnancy test to confirm she was indeed pregnant, and, as she explained in one June 2017 YouTube video, she and her baby daddy were in disbelief. "It was weird, honestly, finding out," she shared. "I don't think either of us believed it. We weren't sad, we weren't mad, we were just, like, confused."

Palmer, who was filled with anxiety over keeping such a huge secret from her parents, eventually told her father the news after becoming emotional over dinner. He supported her, and soon Palmer's mother would as well.

The teen mom gave birth to a daughter, Avalynn, in May 2017, and, in May 2019 at age 18, Palmer delivered a baby boy named Luca with her boyfriend, who'd later become her fiancé.

Alex Cloutier

When Alex Cloutier and her then-boyfriend were just 17, they became pregnant with their first child. The pair, who began dating when they were in middle school, found out the news after buying and taking a pregnancy test at a grocery store, as Cloutier explained in a YouTube video. "I just looked at it and a big smile came across my face because by that time I had already came to the conclusion," she stated. "Obviously we can do this if that is the outcome."  

The couple took in the pregnancy news and discussed how they were going to handle raising a child together. The teens didn't have cars or licenses, and both were still living with their parents. "It was pretty scary. It definitely wasn't planned or anything," Cloutier shared.

Things worked out for the young parents, who gave birth to their first son, Greyson, in March 2017. In April 2019, the teen mom gave birth to the couple's second son, August. The young parents married in November 2018, and they've continued sharing their life with over 362,000 YouTube subscribers.

Asia Leigh

When Asia Leigh was 14, she kept a giant secret from her family for six months: She was pregnant. Initially, Leigh intended to get an abortion and even went to court for a judicial bypass so she could do so without her parents' permission. But a gut feeling told her to keep the baby — and she did.

After her parents found out about the pregnancy, emotions were high. They told her she was going to put the child up for adoption once the baby was born, but that all changed as soon as Leigh's daughter, Alanni, arrived. As she explained in a YouTube video, her parents were just concerned for her future. "My parents were just so hard on me. It was because they were teen parents too, and they didn't want me to go through what they went through," she shared.

The teen mom continues to raise her daughter as a single parent.

Megan Baker

No one would ever think a 16-year-old would plan to become pregnant on purpose — but that's what Megan Baker did when she conceived her son, Jaxon. Initially, Baker claimed she accidentally became pregnant after incorrectly taking birth control in an April 2016 YouTube video. Then, she revealed the truth two years later in an April 2018 YouTube video. "So the truth about my unplanned pregnancy at 16 is that it wasn't unplanned at all," she stated.

In the video, the teen mom explained how at the time she and her then-boyfriend didn't fully understand what they were getting themselves into. She said, "I can say that planning a baby before you are emotionally, physically, financially, everything, before you're living on your own, before you have a stable income and a job, it's not a good idea."

Baker relied on her parents a lot throughout her pregnancy and while her son was little. Still, she's said she wouldn't go back and change anything, and she is happy with the way her life is now. She eventually married the father of her child in January 2019, and, in February 2019, the couple announced they were expecting their second child together.

McKayla Adkins

When McKayla Adkins was 16 years old, her life was pretty unconventional. She was living with her grandparents, had a strained relationship with her mother, and was documenting her surprise teen pregnancy on the TLC series Unexpected. To make things even crazier, Adkins' mother was also pregnant. The drama played out on the show, and Adkins gave birth to a baby boy, Timothy, in July 2017.

Adkins continued to have an on-and-off relationship with Caelan, the father of her child, and the pair conceived a second child. Sadly, the teens broke up just before the birth of their daughter, Gracelynn, in January 2019.

The teen mom continues sharing her life as a mother to over 230,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. She has plans to attend college and become a full-time working mom, as she explained in a June 2019 YouTube video. "I know I have two kids, and I know it's going to be hard for me, but getting a job is really important for me. I never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom permanently," she said, noting, "I just want to let everybody know that if you are a teen mom you can do it."