A teenage girl who has become Britain’s youngsters mother of sʜᴏᴄᴋtriplets has said it was the ‘best thing’ she has ever done. Natalie scanlan, from Stalybridge, gave birth to three identical daughters – Ellie, Lillie, and Maddie,in April this year.
She fell ᴘʀᴇɢᴀɴᴛ before going on holiday to Tenerife with her 19-year-old boyfriend. After thinking she had ᴄᴏᴍe ᴅᴏᴡɴ with food ᴘᴏɪsᴏɴɪɴɢ on the island, she returned home, saw her ⒼⓅ, and found out she was expecting. But it was not until she had a scan two months later that the 16-year-old found out she was sʜᴏᴄᴋtriplets. She said:” It was a shock that we were having one baby, never mind three. But when it sunk in I decided I was just going to go ahead with it.” Natalie had three baby daughters , and they all now live in a two-bed council house.
The 17 year old, whose family helps out with money and childcare, said: “I don’t have as much freedom as I used to have and I can’t do what I want to do all the time. I’ve got to do what the babies want to do now. I’d like to get a job but it’s hard finding one with the right hours. If they go to bed at 7pm and you get home at 6pm you’re only going to see them for an hour a day. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a baby young, but you have just got to realise that it’s going to stop your life as well as everybody else’s life around you.”
Natalie’s mum, Sarah, who also fell ᴘʀᴇɢᴀɴᴛ aged 16, said life can be tough for natalie when she is not in the mood for feeding or changing them her youngsters . Sarah said: “She’s only 17 but she’s got this big responsibility . She should be young, free and single and enjoying her life.”