New mentoring program offers free help for pregnant teens

GETTING pregnant and becoming a teenage mother is a life-changing and scary prospect.

There is still a lot of stigma attached and no instruction book.

A new mentoring program for expectant mums aged 13-23 years that pairs them with more experienced mums is coming to the Ballina Byron Family Centre.

The Bump program started in Sydney in 2009 and has since spread nationwide.

Local co-ordinator Carly Blumanis moved to Lennox Head 10 months ago and has brought the program with her after being involved in Sydney for seven years.

Bump involves weekly mentoring and monthly workshops.

Ms Blumanis said it was a great chance for young mums to meet and have a bit of much-needed "me time".

The program begins at the Ballina Byron Family Centre on March 27.

Experienced mums who are available on Fridays are still needed to sign on as mentors.

For more information email or phone her on 0425 465 798.

Bump is free, and babysitting and lunch are provided.

Topics:  parenting teen pregnancy

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