Dayna, 18

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BE­CAME PREG­NANT WITH HER DAUGH­TER, AVANNA, WHEN SHE WAS 15. HER MUM, ANGE, WAS ALSO A YOUNG MUM. I was in­volved with a re­ally bad crowd. I dropped out of school. Ran away. And then found out I was preg­nant. We were strug­gling a lot. We never had any money. We were shar­ing rooms. There was never any food in the house. It was a re­ally hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion and it scared me a lot be­cause I couldn’t see my­self get­ting out of it any time soon. It made me think twice about the peo­ple I hang out with and who I’d want around my baby. Be­cause the peo­ple I had around my­self weren’t nice at all. That was def­i­nitely not the right en­vi­ron­ment to bring a baby into.

Dayna with daugh­ter Avanna, above, and with and her mother, Ange.

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