A FORMER Chester schoolgirl who fell pregnant at 15 has relived her experience on national radio.
Olivia Malcolm, now 18 and proud mum of Ayeasha, who is two today, discovered she was pregnant as she studied for her GCSEs at the fee-paying Hammond School in Chester.
Olivia and her mum, Anne Malcolm, 52, were last night featured on the BBC Radio Four programme It's My Story: Classroom Babies and Beyond.
And both stress that despite the negative image surrounding young mums, the experience can be positive.
Olivia, an only child, did not plan to have the baby and was on the pill, although she admits she was 'not very good at taking it'.
Despite her age, she was engaged at the time, although the relationship ended soon afterwards.
But Olivia says she has 'no regrets' and was keen to tell the world that sad stereotypes of stilettoed teenage mums pushing buggies on crumbling council estates are not always accurate.
Mrs Malcolm describes the family, which hails from the Oswestry area, as 'middle-class', but Olivia says: 'Anyone can be in that situation, whatever their background.
'I was upset because I was shocked, but I was also looking forward to it at the same time; it was more a case of not knowing what to expect.
'People suggested an abortion but mum and I don't think that sort of thing is right.'
Olivia, now living with Ayeasha in Wrexham, believes the experience has 'changed me as a person in a good way, I'm a bit nicer now'.
Olivia says her family and friends were all supportive and was full of praise for the help she received from staff and students at the Hammond.
But when she discovered she was pregnant, Olivia took the decision to leave the Chester school and complete her exams at a centre for teenage mums, where she achieved six passes.
While still a full-time mum, Olivia hopes to work in the future.
'Some girls will not look on the experience as positively as me. I've been lucky and know other young mums who have not had the same support,' she said.
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