Middlesbrough has the highest number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales. Even though national figures show rates have dropped by nearly 60 percent over the past 10 years, the number of pregnant teens in the north-eastern town rose by 20 percent from 2015 to 2017.
When the average age of a mum in England and Wales is 30 years old, why are there so many teens having babies in Middlesbrough?
We speak to Charley and Robyn, two teenagers who tell us what it’s like to have been fast-tracked to motherhood. And the BBC’s Philippa Goymer tries to makes sense of the growing trend in the area.
Presenter: Tina Daheley
Producer: Seren Jones
Mixed by Emma Crowe
Editor: Philly Beaumont