This week, we want to help a 15 year old girl called Tianne. Her baby is due any day now, and she is in need of some help.
Tianne is the youngest of 5 siblings. She has had an abusive home life, and also has additional learning needs. She has struggled with her emotions, and made some bad choices. She was disruptive and aggressive at school, and was expelled from mainstream school. She was also excluded from the pupil referral unit for similar reasons.
Tianne fell pregnant after a short relationship with a teenage boy, who now doesn’t want to be involved. The gravity of her situation has hit home and she is making some drastic changes to her life.
We heard about Tianne from a family nurse who is working with her. She told us that Tianne has coped incredibly well with her pregnancy for someone so young.
“She often attends her midwife and consultant appointments alone – this can intimidate first time parents in their 30’s, let alone a young teenager. However, she has been keen to put her baby first. She stopped smoking and going out with friends and has been focussed on making positive changes to be the best mum she can be. She is having a baby girl.”
Tianne would love to be a midwife, so has now realised just how important her education is. She has started attending a ‘Fresh Start’ course in college as a first step.
As she is under 16, Tianne can't apply for any benefits so she is reliant on her mum. But their relationship has been challenging, and Tianne’s unplanned pregnancy and a recent family bereavement has added even more strain so her mum isn't able to give her much financial or emotional support.
Tianne has made some bad decisions in her life. But she’s so young and has so many challenges still ahead of her. We want to give her and her baby some help, and send her forward in life feeling cared for and supported.