12 May 2006
PREGNANT... AT JUST 11
Schoolgirl will be UK's youngest mum
By Pete Samson
A GIRL who became pregnant at 11 is to become Britain's youngest mum.
The schoolgirl, who is now 12, discovered she was expecting after a boozy one-night stand with a 15-year-old.
She will be 12 years and eight months old when she gives birth next month.
The girl, who smokes despite being heavily pregnant, said: "I didn't think I'd get pregnant because it was my first time. But I'm really excited and looking forward to being a mum."
The 12-year-old comes from a large family in West Lothian, Scotland, and has an eight-month-old brother.
Her 34-year-old mother insists she is "proud" of her daughter. The girl added: "I think I'll cope as I've had lots of practice with my brothers.
I know how to feed a baby its bottle and I can change nappies.
But I panic and cry if they're sick and I don't like giving them a bath because I'm frightened.
The girl, who claimed she has given up drinking, wants a boy.
She had unprotected sex with the 15-year-old in Edinburgh last August. He could face legal action.
Britain's current youngest mum is Jenny Teague, of Dorset, who had a baby age 12 years and nine months in 1997.
Birth rates among 15-19 year olds in Europe in 1998
(No of birth per 1000 women)
Britain - 31
Hungary - 27
Poland - 19
Ireland - 19
Czech Republic - 17
Austria - 14
Germany - 13
Norway - 12
Greece - 11
Belgium - 10
France - 9
Denmark - 8
Spain - 7
Italy - 5
Sweden - 5
Netherlands - 5
Switzerland - 4