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Posted On: 4th Dec 2013

Young Mum Support Story on ITV

Fixer Hannah Jones
Both Fixers playing with their children
Fixer Naomi Lawson

Two Fixers from Yorkshire, who became parents in their teens, want to help other young mums discover the benefits of peer support.


Their story was broadcast on ITV News Calendar on Thursday 5th December.


Lead Fixer Hannah Jones (22) 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 (22) 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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