Hard road for teen mum

NZ Herald 12 February 2014
Amber-leigh Erasmus had Myrah when she was 17 years old.

Amber-leigh Erasmus became a mother at 17 and while she wouldn’t give her daughter up for anything, she said better education could have made a huge difference to her life.

She gave birth to Myrah in 2011 and spoke to the Herald at the time about her belief that giving sex education to young teenagers resulted in too many unplanned pregnancies.

The Hibiscus Coast mum-of-one welcomed the “fantastic” news that teen pregnancies were declining.

“I am so pleased to hear that girls are taking on board the information they are gaining from peers and sex education and being safe,” she said.

“I personally had a fair share of sex education, but what I learned the hard way is that as a teenager we all have the idea in our heads that things ‘won’t happen to us’ when in fact it does.”
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