Teen mums encouraged to follow ambition

Almost 1000 teenage girls become mums in Northern Ireland each year but with the help of Fixers, a charity helping young people to use their past to fix the future, Rebecca Finlay says they should not give up their future.

The 20-year-old Castledawson mum said: “When I was 18, I had my whole life ahead planned. I was going to go to be a teacher, I was going to take a gap year and go to India and then after my A Levels, I found out I was pregnant.

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“In that moment I thought my life was over. I just thought I’d ruined everything. I couldn’t see that this baby was going to be a blessing in our lives.

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Teen mum chases her dreams to become a doctor

16-year-old Georgia Hageman, with her son 1 year old Mason, is determined to overcome criticism and challenges to become a doctor. Photo / Supplied

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.

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