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Britain's youngest parents

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Parly Sat 18-Dec-10 19:15:59

Firstly, I must point out that I'm not a reader of The Sun. Honestly. I only clocked this in the first place because of a message someone else sent with a link to the website.

So, Britain's youngest parents - aged 14.

I have no idea what to say to that.

rainbowinthesky Sat 18-Dec-10 19:18:50

Really? I am surprised that 14 is the youngest.

FrostyAndSlippery Sat 18-Dec-10 19:19:29

They aren't the youngest, there's a girl in my town who had a baby at 12. She is always in the papers.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 18-Dec-10 19:21:42

Maybe the father of the 12yo's baby is 15+, Frosty? So this girl isn't the youngest mum, but they're the youngest couple?

Parly Sat 18-Dec-10 19:21:42

No - I know she isn't the youngest Mum in Britain. Think it's just the youngest "couple". Not that it makes much difference. sad

Geepers Sat 18-Dec-10 19:24:20

Bit of a non-story isn't it? Surprised it made a national newspaper.

I had a baby younger than her, and my child's father was even younger than me and we certainly never made the papers and this was seventeen years ago.

FrostyAndSlippery Sat 18-Dec-10 19:24:55

Yes fair point. Although I'm sure there was a 12yo girl recently too, the dad was 13 or 14.

Maybe they take the average age (a little complicated for Sun writers though...)

ragged Sat 18-Dec-10 19:24:57

Maybe not youngest couple ever but youngest now.

FrostyAndSlippery Sat 18-Dec-10 20:14:37

I never know what to think anyway. It is shocking, which is exactly what the papers want of course.

My DSDs friend is pregnant at 15. I was quite shock but I am determined not to show any negativity to my DSDs, why shouldn't this girl be a good mum? Must be awful to have people assume you'll fail.

I've heard, for example, of young mums-to-be being told by midwives that they definitely wouldn't BF angry

CardyMow Sun 19-Dec-10 00:45:12

I had my DD when I was 16yo. When I asked the MW to help show me how to latch her on, the MW turned to me and said "Don't be stupid, 16 year old's don't BF, I'll go and get you a bottle of formula". Admittedly this was nearly 13 years ago - but I told her to bog off. I fed DD exclusively for 6 months, until I went back to work FT.

TwoIfBySea Sun 19-Dec-10 00:54:36

The town where I used to live held that dubious record - the mother was 11 when she got pregnant. Worse still her mother was often around town gloating and boasting of how proud she was.

Right up to the point when it turned out it wasn't the 17 year old boyfriend who was allowed to "sleep over" who did the deed but instead it was the girl's older brother who had been abusing her regularly.

Sometimes these stories open up huge rifts in how life is for some people - there is more to a story than what you see on the cover.

FrostyAndSlippery Sun 19-Dec-10 09:48:35

OMG loudlass what a silly MW. Well done for telling her where to go

rainbowinthesky Sun 19-Dec-10 10:00:56

Big applaud for loudlass!!!

Abcinthia Sun 19-Dec-10 11:09:49

I had my DD at 17 and in the Teenage Mum Antenatal Clinic, there were plenty of girls under 14.

I tried to BF my DD but due to problems, I had to bottle feed after 5 weeks. My midwife was truely shocked that I even wanted to try becuase she didn't know any other young mums who did.

FrostyAndSlippery Sun 19-Dec-10 11:55:40

Many professionals were amazed that I wanted to bf due to my age, and I was 20!

ISNT Sun 19-Dec-10 12:14:30

What is wrong with these HCPs angry

TotorosOcarnina Sun 19-Dec-10 12:15:47

MIL got pregnant to a 13 year old at 13 herself and had BIL at 14.

am surprised this is the youngest TBH!

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 20-Dec-10 05:49:43

Me too. I worked with a woman who had her DD at 13 then her DD had a baby at 14. Colleague was a granny at 27.

theexample Mon 20-Dec-10 11:07:10

From an evolution standpoint, if a girl can physically have a baby at 14, she is physically ready to have one. Is she ready mentally? That obviously varies on an individual basis. I'm sure there are women in their 30s and 40s who aren't mentally ready.

BadgersPaws Mon 20-Dec-10 11:55:30

"From an evolution standpoint, if a girl can physically have a baby at 14, she is physically ready to have one."

Absolutely not true.

The onset of a woman's fertility and the completion of physical development, in particular the pelvis, are not directly linked.

So it's quite possible for a young girl to fall pregnant and not be physically ready to carry the child to full term and birth.

In particular there is a problem in Africa where young girls fall pregnant and then either die in prolonged labour because of the size of their pelvis or suffer a fistula.

thenightsky Mon 20-Dec-10 12:10:00

I thought the youngest was in Brighton... that lad who was 9 - Alfie something or other?

Abcinthia Mon 20-Dec-10 15:29:37

I agree with BadgersPaws.

When I was pregnant, I met many 14 year olds and younger who were having to have C-Sections becuase their pelvis was not wide enough to pass a baby through.

EricNorthpolesChristmas Mon 20-Dec-10 17:52:42

Alfie something or other didn't end up being the dad of that baby nightsky. He didn't look like he'd evengone through puberty

atswimtwolengths Mon 20-Dec-10 23:55:29

What was funny about the couple you're talking about, OP, was that they said the baby wasn't planned. They were 13 when she got pregnant.

lololizzy Tue 21-Dec-10 00:04:50

agree with Badgerpaws, read a book on that, shocking. Really heartbreaking.

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