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NCT's Big Weekend 2010

NCT's Big Weekend 2010
Young Parents
Presented by Jenny McLeish, Strategic Coordinator, National Teenage Pregnancy Midwifery Network

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    • Young ParentsJenny McLeishStrategic Coordinator,National Teenage Pregnancy Midwifery Network
    • 15th May 2010
      Jenny McLeish
      National Teenage Pregnancy Midwifery Network
      tpmidwives@yahoo.co.uk
      Parenting challenges - Young parents
    • “Although it’s really hard I’m so happy.”
    • “My child...she’s the top of my heart. She makes it keep beating you know?”
    • Vulnerability of young mothers and fathers
      • Deprived background
      • Poor housing
      • In care or care leaver
      • Physical or sexual abuse in childhood
      • Domestic abuse
      • Involved in crime
      • Educational problems
      • Learning difficulties
      • Mental health problems
      • Low self-esteem
      • Own mother was a teenage mother
    • Postnatal challenges
      Small, sick babies
      Relationship breakdown
      Navigating the system
      Postnatal depression
      Repeat unplanned pregnancy
    • Adolescent times
      • Dependence Independence
      • Brains still work in progress (until 25!)
      • Emotional response not reasoned decision making
      • Impulsive, dramatic, reactive
      • Understanding others
      • Navigating family relationships
      • Volatile partnerships
    • Reality bites
      • Much harder than expected
      • Poverty, poor housing
      • Missing out on the fun
      • Losing friends and social life
      “If you could just keep that maternal ‘I’ve got something to love’ kind of thing, but it’s not like that, it’s like a really long day when you’re stuck inside watching Teletubbies.”
    • Negative messages
      Public reactions
      Professional reactions
      Emphasis on not being a NEET
      “The midwife said to my partner ‘What pain relief shall we give her? He said ‘I don’t know, ask her,’ and the midwife said, ‘She’s a bit young to make her own decisions.’ It made me feel a bit small.”
    • The under-parented parent
      Poor experiences of being parented
      Looked after child
      Abuse or neglect
      Estrangement
      “My mum went mental. She kicked me out.”
    • Under-parented young people may...
      Lack strong social & emotional skills
      Lack self-esteem
      Lack self-efficacy
      Lack empathy
      Find it hard to build warm trusting relationships
      Be at risk of repeating poor patterns of attachment
    • However! Young parents may also be..
      • resourceful
      • committed
      • hard-working
      • ambitious
      • fun
      • mature
      • happy
      and...
      and...
      and...
    • “It’s the best job. You no longer have extra time to just hang with friends, party, or act irresponsible. You now have a baby to watch over and take care of. I couldn’t be happier, my children make my life complete. My boyfriend and I are doing OK for ourselves; we have a nice flat, steady income, nice things, and we have lots of fun together, and I am only 19 years old.”
    • “It’s the most amazing thing that has ever happened in my life.”