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#Childmothers

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.

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Deprived of all dignity

Girls who are too physically immature to go through childbirth are at particular risk of experiencing complications during delivery – including having a prolonged, obstructed labour. If the girl does not have access to getting a C-section in time, the birth may leave her with obstetric fistula.

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