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Young Mothers’ Experiences


Young mothers shared encounters with staff in health care services:

“They think you’re not going to say anything [complain] cause you’re young.”

“I felt ashamed. The midwife looked over at me and said [to another mother on the ward] ‘bairn’s having a bairn’ but I didn’t say anything cause I didn’t want to make a scene.”

Several of the young mothers observed a gender bias in terms of limited support for young fathers, noting that this reinforces gender inequality for all.

“I’ve heard of this place called Fixers that have made a video about what it’s like to be a young mum and there’s this lassie who’s there with her bairn, and she talks about how there’s bad days and good days, and you do feel there’s more bad days than good days… I think that it should be aimed at young dads as well, because you never see anything for young dads, you never hear anything for young dads.”