"People definitely judge me – after I left school, people from school were calling me up, shouting at me as I walked down the street, bullying me. I just laugh at them – they don’t know me, and know how different my life is now."
- Babes graduate and teen mama Lily (pictured)
Scan any mainstream media stories about young mothers, and the evidence piles up fast - there's a huge stigma attached to being a teenage mum.
While just a quarter of the mamas we work with at Babes are teenaged, it seems there's a public obsession with teen parents.
Too often, news coverage shouts criticism at these brave young people, rather than give them a voice.
When Seven News visited our Frankston centre earlier this month, they heard the stories of two of our young mamas - including 19-year-old Raechal, who said the hardest part of her journey had been the criticism and judgement she'd faced.
Worse that that, last year our survey of TBP participants found nearly 50 per cent faced social isolation - a feeling that isn't helped by slurs in the media, or on the streets.
Here at Babes, we're determined to change the conversation about the capability of young mamas - and ALL mamas - and you can help us.Read more
LIFT THEM UP: Mum-of-two TJ is determined her children will have the stability and safety she missed out on as a child.
It's overwhelming, we know.
In Victoria alone, police responded to more than 72,000 family violence incidents in 2015/16. In the same period, more than 107,000 child protection reports were filed with the state's Department of Human Services.
Behind the stats - broken lives, traumatised children, young people with the worst possible start to their lives.
When the damage and disadvantage are so devastating, it can be hard to see a way to even attempt to drive change.
But Babes graduate TJ is an inspiring example of how support - when and where it's needed most - can transform lives every day.Read more
One of the best days of the Babes year is our Annual Photoshoot. Every photo you see on our social media sites, our website and even on the walls of our buildings are real photos of real women who are a part of The Babes Project. We don't use models or stock photos, because we feel that with every photo shared, something of who we are and what we are about is communicated. And we are so passionate about staying authentic and real.Read more
One of the most rewarding parts of our work in Pregnancy Support is when we are present for the moment a woman becomes a mother; the moment when she sees her baby take their first breath and a new relationship is begun. For every birth we are a part of at The Babes Project, we count ourselves blessed that we have the opportunity to observe these first moments of life and motherhood.
Our Labour Support Team is a special bunch of women. They are women who volunteer their time to ensure no woman is unsupported during childbirth. They put themselves through training, put lives on hold when on call and do all it takes to be available for massive lengeths of time. Often under the influence of bad hospital coffee! Holly is one of our Labour Support team and she wrote these words about her most recent labour experience with one of the women of The Babes Project.Read more
We were welcomed with the ring of a bell. Pip opened the door with her daughter Lulu on her hip - ringing her toy bell loudly. Lulu is eight months old and she is happy.
She has been an unexpected joy for Pip who found out she was pregnant when she was 22.Read more
The Babes Project works with women during the Perinatal period.
Rewriting Motherhood is our project which tells the stories of women we have met.
There is so much in our everyday lives telling us what motherhood should look like, feel like and be like, shaping an expectation of motherhood that isn't always realistic or even achievable. When our experience doesn't reflect that expectation we can find ourselves feeling unworthy and incompetent.Read more