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Posted On: 3rd Dec 2013

Young Mum Support Fix on ITV

Fixer Hannah Jones
Fixer Naomi Lawton
Young mums at support group

For Fixers Hannah Jones and Naomi Lawton (both 22) taking on parenthood hasn’t been without its challenges.

 

Members of a young mum group in their community, they want other young parents to realise the benefits of peer support.

 

Their story was broadcast on ITV News Tyne Tees on Wednesday 4th December.

 

Lead Fixer Hannah from Reeth, North Yorkshire, is a member of Birth and Beyond - a local support network for young parents.

 

She says meeting other mothers has helped her to deal with the realities of becoming a parent at 16.

 

‘I went from going to college and wanting to be a journalist to suddenly being pregnant and completely on my own with nobody to relate to,’ she says.

 

‘Obviously I had my family but it’s not the same as having someone your own age that you can relate to.

 

‘Knowing you’re not going to be judged - our young mothers group allows us to say exactly how we’re feeling and find that everyone is going through the exact same thing, it really does change your life.’

 

Military wife Naomi Lawton became a mother at 19 and now lives in Marne Barracks, Catterick, which provides a home for hundreds of army families.

 

A member of the same young parenting group, the Fixer says talking to others who’ve gone through similar experiences has been a blessing.

 

‘When I first moved here, I did feel a bit secluded. It felt like a prison because of all the gates,’ Naomi says.

 

‘I’m quite an outgoing person and the only reason I secluded myself was because I was in a different place, I was pregnant and scared.

 

‘But there is a lot of laughter and common ground between us here, which I think is really nice as we’ve formed a lot of friendships.

 

‘We now want to help the mums and make them realise there is support out there.’

Author: N. Farooq

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