By H. Stapleton
This book explores the stories of pregnant youngsters, their companions, and midwives, from being pregnant realisation during the early years of motherhood. It examines altering attitudes to woman sexuality and ethical discourses on adolescent subjectivity particularly as those pertain to teenage motherhood.
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Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 Teenage Pregnancy, Motherhood and Family Life 31 Surviving Teenage Motherhood legislation by the outgoing Labour government in the shape of the Child Poverty Act (2010) will set national targets and strategies (DCSF, 2010a). It is too early to know what the new coalition government will propose. Furthermore, class-related health inequalities persist and are evident in all aspects of health; the limited information available on change over time (for example as demonstrated by low birth weights, and neonatal and infant deaths) provides further evidence that inequalities are not reducing.
In addition to Michelle’s son, she also often looked after her eldest daughter’s two young girls. Although life had been very difficult since her husband had been declared bankrupt the previous year, Polly was a gritty and determined woman; it was only on account of her canny manoeuvring that the family home had not been sold to pay off outstanding debts. Polly had suffered with depression since the birth of her first child and periodically visited her GP to request further medication. She had never been engaged in paid work outside the home although she had cared for her mother prior to her recent death.
Lewis lived with his family 20 miles away and visited frequently, often staying overnight; the young couple shared the same bed in Rhian’s house but in Lewis’s home they were required to sleep separately. Rhian contributed a one-off interview to the study when she was 37 weeks pregnant. This followed on from my observation of a ‘birth plan’ visit in her home with a community midwife. Labour and birth details are unknown. The South Yorkshire cohort Clare and Chris, her mother Clare was 14 years of age and 38 weeks pregnant at recruitment; she was the only ‘late booker’ in the study.