Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

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My Story

Liz found out she was pregnant at 16.  With the support of her family and friends she leads a happy life with her daughter.

Liz Mason

I was 16 when I found out I was pregnant.  It was mind-blowing!  When I finally found the courage to tell my parents they were even more shocked than me.  I’m not quite sure now how or why I decided to keep the baby.  But I know those weeks I spent deciding were really awful. 

Once I decided I put my heart and soul into making something good of my decision.  I quit smoking and drinking, left my private school, and took on the daunting task of telling my family and friends.  I was (and still am) lucky because I have the best parents and most awesome best friends in the world.  Mum was really excited about the baby and dad, well he came round eventually.  My extended family took a little longer to convince, and I know some people who once called themselves my friends were not so friendly behind my back.

My pregnancy was hard. Everything hurt and near the end sleeping was impossible. Finally, a short time after my 17th birthday I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. The labour was long. My mum was with me. Holding my daughter in my arms for the first time was not just amazing; it was scary! I had created life!

Now I look back on the whole thing I wonder where I got the strength to do it.  But every bit was worth it for my gorgeous little girl.  Her and I lead a pretty happy life now.  Every day she grows and changes.  And everyday I love her more and more.