A four-month journey
Having a baby is life changing at any age. For Katie Schimmel, an 18-year-old high school dropout, it’s a sure ticket to adulthood as she learns to feed, bathe and care for her son, Nicolas.
18 and pregnant, Katie Schimmel prepares to be parent
For four months, the Journal-World and 6News followed Katie as she prepared for and took on the responsibility of teenage motherhood. During that time, her life was roiling with change — from her on-again, off-again relationship with Mike to her health. She had five trips to the emergency room for false labor pains.
Parenting brings a new perspective
With parenting comes a never ending list of questions. For 18-year-old Katie Schimmel, those questions are mostly answered with the cries, whimpers and grunts of her 2-month-old son Nicolas, leaving her to guess at what comes next. Most of the time she knows.
The story behind Katie’s story
Lawrence Journal-World special projects reporter Christine Metz and staff photographer Nick Krug talk with Online editor Jonathan Kealing about documenting teen mom Katie Schimmel and her transition into motherhood.