-Teenage mother in labour banned from smoking at hospital
-Thousands of viewers take to Facebook to slam Jess for endangering baby
By SADIE WHITELOCKS
Jessica, 17, starred in this week's episode of One Born Every Minute
Viewers of One Born Every Minute were left outraged last night after a teenager revealed that she continued smoking during pregnancy.
Focusing on single parents, the reality show followed 17-year-old Jessica as she went into labour at Leeds General Infirmary.
With cameras rolling at her bedside, the mother-to-be told friends that it was only hospital restrictions stopping her from having a cigarette.
Jess' boyfriend Nathaniel and his sister Devinya pay a visit to the hospital
In one clip her boyfriend Nathaniel drinks from a can of Red Bull, as his sister Devinya asks: 'Have you been out for a cig and that?'
To which heavily pregnant Jess replies: 'I’m not allowed.'
After the hour-long episode aired, a debate on Jess' smoking habit erupted on Facebook, attracting more than 1,300 comments.
Jess describes that her situation as a single parent isn't ideal
Commenting on Channel 4's official fan page Catherine 'Patch' Roper said: 'It's not her age that matters though. I don't care if she's 17 or 71. Smoking in pregnancy is a disgusting selfish thing to do.'
While Aimee Eustace said: 'What a shame that young girl couldn't have made an effort to give up smoking, my son wasn't planned.
'I was 29 when I had him and had smoked since I was around 16 but hard as it was, I gave up for him.'
Rachel Stocker added: 'My own mum smoked throughout her pregnancy with me.
'I'd like to think she did a good job bringing me up (as a single mother) but the fact is I have health problems caused by her smoking during pregnancy and passive smoking when I was a baby/toddler.
'These health problems wouldn't necessarily manifest themselves when your child is young. You can't anticipate the effect smoking will have on your baby - and if there's any effect at all it's not exactly going to be a good one.'
Lynette Wright wrote: 'My daughter was born at 28 weeks and it used to make me so angry to see pregnant women outside the maternity unit smoking fag after fag without a second thought for their unborn child, when my daughter was fighting for her life every day.
'If you cant stop smoking when you're pregnant when can you?'
However, many on the Facebook page also defended the teen's right to smoke.
One user, Lisa Hardy, said: 'I had my lil boy at 20 and smoked while pregnant. My lil man's weight was amazing and he's a healthy two-year-old. Stop judging others.'
The end of the programme shows Jess giving birth to a baby girl Rikeya, weighing 6lbs 12oz.
Her baby wasn't planned and she describes that, although she is in a relationship with boyfriend Nathaniel, the situation isn't ideal.
'I did want to be in a stable relationship to have a baby, but it hasn’t worked. you don’t need a relationship to be happy
'It would be a lot harder being a single parent than it would being in a couple obviously.
'But come on 13 year olds girls and 12 year old girls can do it then surely I can do it.'
Her mother Tracey, who fell pregnant at 18, also expresses disappointment at the turn of events.
'Jess didn’t tell me she was pregnant it was a friend I felt pretty disappointed actually
'I was 18 when I had my eldest so I were disappointed in Jess. I expected a little bit more.'