HER heartfelt open letter shed light on the fears and challenges of being a pregnant 15-year-old. Now Auckland teen Georgia Hageman is mother to a chubby, 1-year-old son.
In the 13 months since her letter was published in the Herald, Georgia – now 16 – has faced public criticism and lost friends.
She has been yelled at in the street by strangers and reduced to tears in a shopping mall, but the gutsy teen is determined to gain financial independence and become a doctor.
“It is all hard and I am still adjusting,” she said from her Whenuapai home, with her son, Mason, cradled in her lap. “It’s really, really hard but at the same time it is the best thing that ever happens to you.