This is a tough topic and with so many more girls becoming pregnant at a younger age it is worrying. My issue is the way some health professionals treat these girls, talking from personal experience i was only 17 when i fell pregnant with my eldest child and the treatment i got from the midwives was disgraceful! yes i was young and no i didn’t come from a broken poverty stricken home which is what this article suggests:
- The UK has the highest teenage birth and abortion rates in Western Europe(1,2).
- Rates of teenage births are five times those in the Netherlands, double those in France and more than twice those in Germany(2).
- In 2006 the teenage pregnancy rate in the USA increased for the first time in 10 years to 71.5 per 1,000 15–19 year olds. Around a third of these ended in abortion(3).
- Groups who are more vulnerable to becoming teenage parents include young people who are: in or leaving care, homeless, underachieving at school, children of teenage parents, members of some ethnic groups, involved in crime, living in areas with higher social deprivation(4)
- Young women living in socially disadvantaged areas are less likely to opt for an abortion if they get pregnant(5)
I simply made a mistake. The midwives looked down on me telling me how stupid i was wanting to keep her and continued trying to talk me into an abortion, threatening me with social services and telling me i wouldn’t cope and that i was too young for the responsibility! well apparently i did cope because here i am still with the same man, yeah it was hard but it was my mistake and i had to deal with it! Midwives are supposed to help you through your pregnancy not bully you into something you don’t want to do by telling you these things! These youngsters are scared enough and don’t need that kind of treatment they need support, these days there are far more options for young mums to continue with education. Having a baby at a young age doesn’t mean you ruined your life i didn’t! i know it’s not ideal but i couldn’t go ahead with an abortion and looking at my daughter now i’m glad i stuck to my decision!!