Sunday, May 14, 2006

Britain's Youngest and Oldest Mums

London -- A schoolgirl who became pregnant at 11 is set to break the record for being Britain's youngest mother. Now aged 12, the Scottish chain-smoker said she was "really excited" about having a child after losing her virginity to a 15-year-old. She is due to give birth in a few weeks, breaking the record set by Jenny Teague, of Dorset in England's south, who had a baby in 1997 at the age of 12 years and nine months.

She feared she might be pregnant after having unprotected sex with the boy on a night out with friends in Edinburgh last August. The pregnancy was confirmed with the help of a supermarket home-testing kit. Her 34-year-old mother, who had given birth to a boy only days before, was initially unhappy at the pregnancy, but later pledged to support her daughter.

The mum-to-be, who smokes up to 20 cigarettes a day, according to the newspaper, said she hoped the baby would be a boy, expressing fondness for the name Leo. "I am enjoying being pregnant - even thought I get a bit of a sore back and sore ribs," she said. While she was worried about stretch marks, the father-to-be, who can not be identified could face legal action.

The news comes a week after 63-year-old child psychiatrist Patricia Rashbrook revealed she was on course to become Britain's oldest mother. She is seven months pregnant after fertility treatment by controversial Italian expert Severino Anionori, the man famous for his attempts to clone babies. Twice married Dr. Rashbrook, who already has two children, aged 26 and 22, had IVF treatment in Rome. She and husband John Farrant, 61, are believed to have spent as much as $100,000 on the IVF treatment.

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