Eau Claire company curbs teen pregnancy rates world wide

Real Care Babies, made by Realityworks right here in Eau Claire, were recently featured in National Geographic. The article, ‘Can Robotic Babies Help Prevent Teenage Pregnancies,’ looks at how the teaching tots are used in Colombia, where one in five mothers is between 15 and 19-years-old.

Ultimately, researchers said for the more than 1,400 student participants in one region of Colombia, the program reduced the teen pregnancy rate by 40 percent.

Realityworks President and CEO, Timm Boettcher, told News 18 the robotic babies aren’t meant to scare teens away from becoming parents forever, but rather educate them about the consequences of having children when they’re still kids themselves.

Click here to watch the WQOW news clip and read the entire the story by Claire Sarafin.


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