Family aside, I was mostly on my own
Sophia Mus-Talbot, 16, is in the first few weeks of motherhood with son Spencer. She is currently studying to become a child care provider. “When the news got out that I was pregnant, the one thing I kept hearing over and over again was, ‘Wow, you’re the last person we ever expected to become a teenage mum’ and in my heart, I agreed.
My whole life I’d been vocal in my desire to go to university to study either journalism or psychology and here I was having a baby. It wasn’t the original plan, but even from day one I knew I could always work it out as I went along.
My parents were supportive, but of course being 15, everyone else tried to convince me to terminate the pregnancy. My boyfriend and I broke up, friendships fell apart over my decision to keep the baby and it soon became clear that family aside, I was mostly on my own.
Fortunately, the Royal Hobart hospital had a great young mothers group which assisted with support, parenting courses and information about accessing things like rental support, and that helped get me through while I finished Year 10.
This year I started doing a diploma of early childcare education and it’s been great although I must admit I was very envious of my friends doing their college exams a few weeks ago because I had so badly wanted to do three years of college (Years 11 and 12 are referred to as college in Tasmania) because there were so many subjects I wanted to do!
“It’s so far removed from the life I have now, but a week ago I had Spencer and he has really been the most gorgeous thing. Mum Mum’ss taken long service leave to help me out which is great as it allows me to study and I’m planning on starting work in a childcare centre next year.
People are always going to get caught up with stereotypes when they think of teenage mums, but I’m the same person I’ve always been. I’m still planning on living that full life I dreamt of less than a year ago, and once I’ve worked for a bit and saved enough of a deposit for a house, I’m going to go to uni, and catch up to where I left off. The only difference is, with this plan, I’ll have an amazing little passenger along for the ride. Sophia Mus-Talbot, 16, with newborn son Spencer. Picture: