May 30, 2013
This is a copy of the quiz used in #YoungMumsChat May 2013 - Feel free to test yourself!

Q1. What award was Prymface shortlisted for in 2013?

Q2. Which young mum appeared on BBC Newsnight to discuss teenage pregnancy with Simon Blake, Paxman and Amber Rudd MP?

Q3. The estimated number of conceptions to women aged under 18 in England and Wales in 2011 was a) 31,051, b) 98,604 or c) 135,709

Q4. How much worse off will out-of-work single parents between the ages of 18 and 25 be a week under universal credit?

Q5. Who has written a book about their teenage pregnancy called 'Gut Decision'?

Q6. Who thought of the name '#youngmumschat'?

Q7. Which young mum appeared on Underage and Pregnant way back in 2009?

Q8. In Prymface's consultation with young mums for the Teenage Pregnancy Inquiry what was most common reason for becoming pregnant?

Q9. Who was the first young mum (not including me) to joint host for #youngmumschat in June 2012?

Q10. Which organisation started the controversial #NoTeenPreg campaign?

Q11. How many children did Napoleon's mother have by the time she was 20?

Q12. David Cameron, in the House of Commons, describes the Baby P case as 'a story about a 17-year-old girl who had no idea how to bring up a child.'- What is wrong with this statement?

Q13. What does PRYMface stand for?!!

Q14. What week are we up to in #youngmumschat?!

Q15. Which two young parents from #youngmumschat got engaged this week?

I'm a Mum and....

May 28, 2013
The recent campaign headline from Candies Foundation, as mentioned in my recent Telegraph post on the delightful twitter trend, ‘You should be changing the world, not changing diapers’ makes the assumption that a woman who is a mother is consequently unable to have a significant impact of the world, that her child rearing role automatically renders all other roles obsolete.  It assumes that childbirth leaves a mother’s brain comparable to mush, or incapable of balancing anything more t...

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"Thinking about Quitting?"

May 20, 2013

Are you pregnant, smoking, aged between 16-25 years old and thinking about quitting? Tommy’s is working with researchers at the University College London to try and understand what smoking cessation support might be most useful to young women so that we can work to provide appropriate support for women wanting to quit. We are keen to hear from you through a confidential telephone based interview.  £30 of High Street vouchers are offered as a thank you for your time. If you would li...

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"Your Mum Goes to College"

May 10, 2013

The Office for National Statistics revealed last month that there were 45,000 fewer "stay-at-home mothers" between December and February, down to 2.06m. This increase prompted much debate on whether mothers are being pressured into work by the government, and whether stay at home mothers are being effectively discriminated against through lack of support. The government had also recently announced that working parents earning up to £150,000 each will get up to £1,200 to help with c...

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WRITE TO YOUR MP!! Universal Credit Discriminates against YOUNG parents!

March 13, 2013
A few weeks ago we had a twitter chat about the introduction on Universal Credit  - There were a lot of young mums angry about the fact that young parents under 25 will be entitled to a lower rate than parents over 25. You can read the discussion here:

Anyway, I have now put together a template letter based on my Telegraph article that you can send to your MP! To find out WHO that is just check here!

Now get shouting!!


Dear [MP’s / Councillor’s name]

As I’m ...
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Joint #youngmumschat!

March 13, 2013

For this weeks #youngmumschat we are joining forces with another twitter mum's chat that use the hashtag #somum -  When I agreed to this a few weeks ago I didn't realise quite how organised @storyofmum was!! This is her post about the chat! Apparently there are prizes and you can do stuff with balloons and all sorts!!?? - Puts my organisational skills to shame (I'm usually finalising the questions mid-way through the actual chat!) 

Anyway, the theme is 'embarrassing mums'! And I've writ...
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SHORTLISTED!! Sexual Health Media Campaign/Storyline of the Year!!!

February 12, 2013

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Tommy's support for Pregnant Teens!

January 18, 2013

Its not always easy to find support as an expectant young parent. There is no big national 'Young Parent' orgnaisation or charity. Google 'young parent support' and you'll get a variety of local websites and reports, some relevant, some not.

So when you find an amazing resource for young parents-to-be, which is totally free it NEEDS to be shared! On top of that, they want YOUR views to make it even better...

Tommys is a national charity that funds medical research into the causes of premature b...
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NOMINATED - Young People's sexual health project!!

January 11, 2013

Thanks Tracey!

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NOMINATED - Sexual health campaign storyline of the year!!!

January 11, 2013

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