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Teen Pregnancy Rate Falls In Cornwall

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1:51pm 26th February 2014


A sixteen year old Camborne mum tells Pirate FM how she had to watch her baby battle meningitis after being born six weeks premature.

Lauren Brodie says her son's illness has been the biggest challenge to being a young mum.

It comes as the number of under eighteens in the Duchy getting pregnant drops.

It is now 26 in every thousand.

Lauren told Pirate FM: "I love it. There are a lot of people who disagree out there. Obviously call us a load of names and stuff like that. But they can't really judge anyone. Just because we're young doesn't mean that we are going to be bad parents and we get to spend more time with them if we have them younger as well, as I say (laughs).

"I love being a mum. No words can explain it. I love him so much. I'm so glad he's mine and no-one else's and I'm so glad I have him full time. I know his dad comes over but he's at mine 24/7 so I get to wake up to him ... and in the night ...and I get to play with him in the day. I just love it."

In 2012, thirty in every thousand new mums was under 18.

Experts say it is down to better education and there is more support for those who do have children.

Tina Fox is in charge of off-site courses at Cornwall College: "The course for them is really brilliant. It gives them a lot of moral support, it gets them back into education, and it builds up their self-esteem. They've had a lot of stigma attached to being young mums and it helps put everything together and helps give them a good grounding.

"Some of them live at home with parents, some live in supported accommodation, some of them live independently, some have got financial issues they've got to address and overcome, without just the day to day struggles of having a new baby. They need a lot of support."

1:51pm 26th February 2014

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