Amber Portwood
Amber Portwood
Amber Portwood and daughter, Leah.

Full name

Amber Leann Portwood


Tonya (Mother)
Shawn (Father)
Shawn (Brother)
Leah Shirley (Daughter)

Amber Portwood is a teenager from Anderson, Indiana. She and her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years, Gary Shirley, discover she is pregnant. Portwood has a daughter, Leah Leann Shirley, in November 2008. At the hospital, Shirley gets a call from Portwood's brother, Shawn, who is coming home from Iraq the next day. After seeing Shawn, Portwood starts to get stressed out. After settling into a normal routine, Portwood and Shirley become nervous about Leah's breathing. They take Leah to a specialist in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they learn that it was just the swelling of her voicebox. Sometime during the episode, Shirley proposes to Portwood with a heart shaped ring from Wal Mart, and she accepts. Their relationship remains rocky

On Teen MomEdit

Amber's journey into parenthood has been tough; she struggles to parent Leah, and stay with her fiancé Gary. She used to be a self-declared party girl, but now discovers she has little time to do anything besides take care of Leah. Amber dropped out of high school when she discovered she was pregnant, but now is working on obtaining her GED. She struggles to balance school and parenting, and her dream of opening her own beauty salon seems far-fetched now. She has many troubles with her baby's father, Gary. The problems have led to physical violence in front of her child, Leah. Amber eventually gets arrested for domestic violence against Gary. She had a younger sister, Candace, who died of SIDS when Amber was 5.