Troubled teens likely to do better with a baby

Some very positive research about teen mums has been presented by Professor Julie Quinlivan – and bears out what we have seen in relation to young ladies becoming parents whilst still in their teens.  It changes the focus from “me-centred” to “other-centred” ie the baby.  Because young mums have someone else to focus on, the majority of these young mums become more responsible about themselves, their sexual behaviour, their drinking and smoking.  

What is proposed by Professor Quinlivan to help these young women be affirmed in their new life path is welcomed -  a teen-specific antenatal clinic, sustained home visits by a nurse until the child is aged two and peri-preschool learning for the child.   Because of this support these young women would become even more confident in their role as mothers which in turn will produce well-adjusted children.

When a young women is pressured or sucked into the lie of abortion being the only way to cope with an unexpected pregnancy, she will not have this opportunity to find and develop those inner strengths and better way of living.  

Read the full report here.