Being a single parent

If you’re on your own, the whole business of pregnancy can seem daunting. You may feel lonely, especially if it seems as though everyone else has a partner to help them through it. You’re not alone – there’s extra help available. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Ask for support and help

You may be worried about going through the birth on your own and how you’ll cope when the baby is born and is growing up. If you’re lucky, you might have family nearby or friends. They’ll probably be happy to help out if you let them know what you need. That may be anything from a shoulder to cry on (everyone gets weepy during pregnancy) to going along to antenatal classes with you.

You may also want to think about who you’d like with you at the birth. Your mum? Your best pal? Both?

It may help to talk to someone who is in the same situation or who has been through it. Your midwife may be able to put you in touch with someone, or there are organisations such as One Parent Families Scotland who you can contact on their helpline 0808 801 0323 or alternativley visit their website. You can also get a copy of their Young Mum’s Guide or Top Ten Tips for Lone Parents by calling their helpline. 

The thought of being a single mother can be pretty scary, but there are people to help you through it. As for after your baby is born – well, yes, it is tougher to bring up a child by yourself. But the most important thing for every baby and child is someone to love her and care for her. You can do that.

Last Updated: 19 November 2015
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