17 Stories about Being a Mother While Still a Child

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Meet 17 girls from five countries who have become mothers while still children. Their captivating stories provide a unique insight into their dreams, challenges and great strength. Their stories are accompanied by beautiful photos taken by acclaimed photographer Pieter ten Hoopen, whose point of departure is the traditional family photo. HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has written the introduction of the book sharing her keen interest in the lives of women around the world.



No one should die giving life

Girls who get pregnant within two years of their first period – or who are not yet fully developed – are at greater risk of experiencing complications during pregnancy and childbirth. They may also take longer to recognise signs of complications and seek proper care. If they are unmarried, they might delay seeking help because they fear that they will be met with judgmental attitudes.


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