Hi there! You are going to need a support system. This is very important. Your parents are going to be your best asset. I know that a lot of teen moms feels as if they are constantly being nagged by their parents. You do need to keep in mind that no matter how "controlling" they seem to be, they have been down the road of parenthood and you should not take any advice or criticism's lightly. Just think about what they have to say before you close your mind to them. They will always have the best interest of you and your baby in mind. Now...dealing with the subject of the father. I have to say that he is most likely a lost cause. I know how much that you want him to be a part of this, but nobody can force him. He will however need to pay child support. I am glad that you will have a profession of your own. This will give you a great sense of accomplishment. You will have the ability to financially care for your child. Just let the father do whatever. He is obviously not capable of caring for himself, let alone you or your baby. He will not change. People never do. My advice to you is allow your parents to be you biggest asset, work hard for yourself and your child an most importantly enjoy every minute of your pregnancy. It goes by so very quickly. Before you know it you will be holding your baby. Trust me, I have been there. I was pregnant at 18, the father was a jerk and I was alone except for my mom. She stood by me. No matter how many tears she cried or how upset she was for me being pregnant before my life really even began, she was always there. I worked hard and did not rely on anyone to help me support my son. I did it all by myself. He turned out to be such a wonderful person. He is now 23 and spent 5yrs with the 101st Airborne,and did two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of all , he is a good person with ambition and drive. You can instill the same things in your child. He/she will watch you for 18yrs and see how you have accomplished to care for and love him/her.This child will learn from watching you and how you live your life. Never forget this. This is the greatest gift to give your child. He/ she will grow up to be strong, accomplished and most importantly a good person. I am now 42, have four children, a wonderful husband, and am enjoying careers as a Paramedic and a Veterinary Technician (Animal nurse) both at the same time. I love the life I chose to live. I did not just sit back. I took control and made my life what I wanted it to be. You can do the same. Finish High School, continue an education. Even if it is one class at a time. You will see that in the end YOU will live the life that YOU choose. The sky is the limit. I am sorry that I have rambled on. I just felt that being a young mom myself, I had some insight that I could share with you. I hope that this has somehow been helpful. Best of luck to you! Congratulations to you as well!!!!