this study acknowledged how maternity interfered on the life project of adolescent mothers. data were collected from a maternity hospital in a city located in the countryside of s？o paulo state, 8razil, over a three-month period. one hundred and forty adolescents participated in this study, 77% of them were in a marital relationship. most adolescents had elementary school education, 31.4% were attending school when they became pregnant. at the end of pregnancy, 60% quit school in arder to take care of their children. those who went back to school could count on support from their familíes. most of them will remain out of the labor market and those who do work rely on family support for the care of their children. results showed the need to reorganize services with differentiated methodological approaches aiming at achieving the precepts provided in the guidelínes for sexual and reproductive rights.