Padmini Staple and Jamelia
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'I knew I had to give my baby up'

Padmini Staple had to give her baby up for adoption in 1965, as she was a 16-year-old single, unmarried mother.

She explained to single parent and singer Jamelia how she stayed at a mother and baby home in Newcastle, only leaving to go to hospital to give birth to her daughter on her own.

She was given a day's notice before she had to take her daughter to the Moral Welfare Workers' office in Newcastle to hand her over to her adoptive parents.

Jamelia: Shame about Single Mums will be broadcast on Monday 29 August at 21:00 BST on BBC Three.

  • 26 Aug 2011
  • From the section UK