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To mark Mother's Day today, three women share the challenges they face being a teenage mum

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An unplanned pregnancy. A baby born out of wedlock. Many parts of Thai society have still branded these things as inappropriate, especially if they happen to teenagers. Despite such social values, a number of women get pregnant at a very young age, mostly unprepared and unready. 

Maya with her son, who is asthmatic.

Early this year, the Ministry of Public Health revealed that Thailand has the second highest number of teenage mothers in Asia. Of 1,000 labours, 54 are teen pregnancies. In 2011, more than 80% of teen pregnancies were unwanted, according to the ministry.

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