“Introducing Barbara: The Inspirational Teen Mom Embracing the Journey of Motherhood”
Can you share your journey as a teen mom and how you managed to navigate both school and motherhood simultaneously?
I was very scared at first when I became pregnant. I heard about a school that could help me with adjusting to motherhood and still finishing school. It did help me a lot but I left because it wasn’t a good fit. My family has always supported me and my son through everything.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey, and how did you overcome them?
I struggled with postpartum after having my son and it was hard to find myself again. After going back to school it was okay but still very stressful with a baby. I talked about it a lot with other moms and it surprised me but also made me happy to know I wasn’t alone.
Were there any particular mentors or role models who inspired you during this journey?
Yes, the previous director of DAPI Dr. Leonette Collins and LaShyra Escobosa helped me a lot. Also, the staff when I first started at DAPI helped me, especially with managing school work and a baby.
How has your experience as a teen mom shaped your perspective on life and your future aspirations?
Being a teen mom definitely matured me a lot more. It made me start to put myself first so I can take care of and lead a child into the right direction. With becoming a teen mom brought a lot of light to my life and my son is my best friend.
What message do you hope to share with others through your story of triumph as a teen mom?
I want to say that it is possible. It’s going to be hard no doubt but if you’re going through a hard time remember you don’t have to go through it alone there are other moms that feel just alone as you so if you want to share your struggles that’s great. It’s okay to struggle that doesn’t make you a bad mom no one said this was going to be easy and definitely isn’t but it definitely is worth it. All the sleepless nights and the crying even if you cry with the baby (I know I have ) it all will be worth it to see what an amazing child you created.