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Mum at 18: Her mother cried but not out of disappointment
by Benita Aw Yeong

Her opening line?

"I need to go to the hospital tomorrow".

"They asked, 'For what?'. I said I needed to give birth. The doctor said tomorrow is my expected due date...," she recounts.

The initial shock, bewilderment and later disappointment quickly gave way to concern, says Pauline.

Her mother was crying.

Not so much from disappointment, but from the fact that she was concerned that her daughter never had the right nourishing food while carrying the baby.

Later that night, her mother told her that she would help to look after the child.

The then-sales assistant made the choice to quit and care for her new grandson.

It is a decision which still moves Pauline today.

"He's my child, but she has chosen to look after him, even though she had doubts about her own ability to care for an infant at an older age. She says it's been so long since her own children were that small."


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