I have had difficulties when editing this audio file, so have provided one short (but still several minutes long) clip from a series of interviews I have performed while learning about the challenges and wider perspectives of teen pregnancy and education.
In this interview, Jenny Bond discusses her role as a specialist nurse in the outpatient’s clinic at Geelong Hospital. An aspect of her career in outpatient provisions, is perform accompanying young girls during their obstetric exams. She undertakes this role since law requires anyone under 18 years of age, must have an adult with them while being physically examined by a Dr.
At the 4 minute.15 second mark, Jenny discusses her views on maternal age. She sees child birth at a younger age is safer and less complicated than at a mature age. Her perspective comes form years of midwifery experience and clinical practice. She acknowledges that girls are getting their first periods earlier with each generation and they are physically ready for pergnancy and delivery at earlier ages than in previous years.