A 12-year-old girl and her boyfriend, aged 13, have both become Britain's youngest parents as they have just welcomed a baby.
The incredibly young mother gave birth to a baby daughter last weekend, according to Daily Mail. She was just ten years old when she met the father of her baby and was still at primary school when she conceived last summer.
The couple are both from north London and cannot be identified for legal reasons. They have vowed to stay together as a family and raise their daughter in harmony. Their baby weighted 7lb (3.17 kg) at birth.
At 12 years and three months old, the new mother is five months younger than UK's previous youngest mum, Tressa Middleton, who gave birth in Edinburgh at the age of 12 years and eight months, in 2006.
The girl lives with her 27-year-old mother, who was also a teenage mum and has now become one of UK’s youngest grandmothers. She is now in year seven at school, while her boyfriend is in year nine at a different educational institution. They reportedly met in 2012, when she was 10 and he was 12. The pair also have the lowest combined age of any British parents in history.
“The baby’s mum and dad have been in a relationship for more than a year, so this isn’t a fleeting romance. They intend to stick together and bring their daughter up together,” an unnamed source said. “Both sets of grandparents are incredibly supportive. It’s a very difficult situation because the parents are both so young — but their families are right behind them.”
The same source mentions that the two teenagers are incredibly in love and want to get married.
Britain's previous youngest parents were April Webster and Nathan Fishbourne, from Caerphilly, south Wales. April became pregnant when she was 13 and gave birth to her son Jamie on November 15, 2010.
Teenage pregnancy in the United Kingdom is a long-standing social phenomenon, and the country currently has the highest teenage birth rate in Western Europe. The number of teenage mothers is five times higher in UK than in the Netherlands and twice that of France and Spain.
However, the figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics in February show that the pregnancy rate in teenagers under 18 remains the lowest since 1969. It now stands at 27.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17.