According to surveys, around 56,000 babies are born to
teenage mothers in the UK every year. Britain has the highest rate of teenage
pregnancy in western Europe – and the second-highest in the world after the US.
According to the latest figures from the Office for National
Statistics, there were 42,918 conceptions among under-18s, 8,196 conceptions
among under 16 and 380 among under-14s in 2007.
Handan Erek photographed teenage mothers during and after
their pregnancies, capturing moments of their daily joys and struggles and
finding out about their aspirations and future plans.