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Castries Woman Gives Birth To Saint Lucia’s First Baby Of 2023

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A Rock Hall, Castries woman became a mother for the first time when she gave birth to an eight-pound son- Saint Lucia’s first baby of 2023.

The child arrived at 4:24 am on January 1, at the OKEU Hospital.

Received photo of baby with face hidden

The nineteen-year-old mother, Antonia Joseph, told St Lucia Times she was excited to be a mother.

But she has no plans to have other children.

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“That’s it,” the teenager declared.

“The pain is too intense,” Joseph explained.

She opted to provide a photo of the newborn with his face obscured.


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50 COMMENTS

  1. “Castries woman…..” a 19 yr old. Let’s call it what it is; teenage pregnancy, children having children.

  2. If it were a 19 year old male sleeping with a 15 yr old female, I am sure many of you would have referred to him as a man! The woman in the article may not be a grown up, she may be unmarried but she is definitely an adult which makes her a woman, a young woman but still a woman!

  3. The people that running they mouth probably jealous & can’t have any . 🙄 aggy with y’all !

  4. Congrats mommy but I have heard it all before…..’that’s the last one, the pain was too much’, ‘no more children’…..come next year.. another bun in the oven…

  5. I dont see the problem in them calling her a woman shes a young mother and of course yes she a woman 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️only in st lucia yall look down at teenage mothers ….alot of yall mothers had yall at a tender age tf …..#bigupu sis I had my daughter at 17 and shes now 5 years and I can watch her grow up …….my mother had me at 16 years so I see no problem …..stop mkin ppl feel less of people

  6. She’s an adult. You all should focus on why after joooking people they suddenly dying and st lucians mouth will be tired saying aa gone too soon .ficus of dat not on an adult giving birth to a baby very normal .compared to the abnormal sudden deaths

  7. Pay chou zot she is 19…age of consent fi d backshot is 16 and to vote is 18…she pass both and is grown. I had my 1st child at 18 and 2nd at 23, wah wrong with that? Is it yall feeding her baby, did she ask for layette? Our grandparents had way more kids at 19 amd started as early as 14…smfh

  8. Congratulations on the birth of your son! I agree probably not to have any more. Well perhaps not just yet. Babies are so precious and require so much love, time, energy, finances etc.

  9. There are 19 year olds who are married and live on their own. What’s the big deal here. This isn’t a school child..that’s an adult smh y’all weird af

  10. Alot of them people that comment about the girl age are elderly. Most of them they mother have over 10 children and some of them had they children younger than sixteen SMH.

  11. At 19 years old, you supposed to be enjoying your life and your friends, making plans to get an education and a job. when you add a baby into the mix so young, you end up resenting that baby and not giving him or her enough love and attention because the baby gets in the way of the life you wanted. as that child grows up they know what they got from you earlier and the relationship becomes “enstranged” as they say. in other words it “aint good.” next, you cant get a job to feed yourself or the baby or the guy leaves you for another woman and cant get a job himself to help you feed your kids. you struggling. the kid struggling. you have given birth to a cycle of poverty that neither you or your child can escape from. Last words; some say i am glad I had my kid when they do it so young! so does that mean if you had a kid at 30 or even 40, you wont be glad? think people!

  12. Congratulations 🎊…… and to that sad asses making negative comments!!!! If she won’t knock on yr door for diapers what’s ur concern??? alot of u started having sex younger than 19 maybe even had abortions and since there’s no proof you believe u can come to bash. Hello Annie , I had my first child younger than u are now I’m in my mid 20s now and they’re still alive and well taken care of . They never stopped me from getting a job or anything they’re saying in these comments. You carried ur baby mama KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND BE PROUD. This little boy will look up to you, he’ll call u mommy one day. He’s ur motivation to push. Hiding behind troll names. Have a nice day!!

  13. Lucians can really under estimate this young lady.so many peooke in the world wbo had babies younger than and her and went back to school to finish their education and get a job and started enjoying life. Some of you all maybe had your’ll child about 15 16 back in the days and it was not a problem. The world accepted it as is, so why make hers an issue? Ypu people need to stop that and be more supportive in this country. Give her some good feedback and wish her luck in raising this child not the negativity comments. Congratulions on your baby boy and i am sure that you will be a good mom to him.

  14. Strange how people a fixated on her age….I am more sickened of the fact that no mention or congratulation offered to the father. This comes at the heels of surging crime situation brought about by broken upbringings of youth from often times broken / single parent homes…a cycle that needs to be ended.

  15. You St. Lucians are really something else – over 26 post some using profanity and going at each other regarding this article. It is really a crying shame ———- you all need to drink water and mind you all business. However, for some of you that’s an exercise in futility.

  16. To those boasting about having a baby at 19 as if they made the best decision. these types can barely find a job at M & C. They go from man to man and expect the next one will take care of their baby. then he leave them with another one and gone. Hard facts- many of the young mothers in St lucia not doing well. they can barely afford a house or feed themselves. Tell me how many have roof over their head that belongs to them land papers, signed sealed delivered and mortgage. Very few. then later these kids become the future vieux negres, the gang leaders, drug dealers, theieves ect and cause a menace to society. we are already seeing this. for those who boast they overseas. yes you can get government help but you cant built no wealth in those countries. you cant even afford nursery fees and your kids barely survive into any fancy jobs. you have to go and beg government for housing in some estate with shooting and stabbings.

  17. Whe chap sticks get that from. You can do either and still enjoy life. I had my first at 37 because I put school, career and all of that first. My good friend did the opposite. Had her kids, then career. another friend had hers kids early and because she had family support she continued with school simultaneously. We all are successful and doing well. The only thing is that, me having my kids late most times stay home with m 8 year old. You just make the best of your situation and stop judging!

  18. @ so-called career woman. so when your ahse was flaunting about dont you think that those who had kids before you had to stay home and mind them? Now you feel envious and forget that while you had your freedom, they didnt! typical lucian destructive mentality of jealousy and envy that destroy the work places they find themselves in! What education did you all continue, up the morne? and if they did, nothing wrong with that. but usually the lucky few people who were able to do that had to leave their kids behind in order to play catch-up to their friends. and those kids and them never have a cosy relationship when it was granny, aunty or some other people raising them while the young mothers tried to get on with their life.

  19. Most, if not all, of the comments have been made by women. I’m certainly not shocked by the back and forth. Ladies, why y’all wasting y’all time? Uh? Y’all have nothing to do???

  20. Lol seriously? This is what Saint Lucians, St. Lucia news online, health minister and staff at the hospital are proud of? A flippin19 year old unmarries child who hasnt even started life as yet has a baby at hospital and this is st lucias prodest moment? This nonsense actually made news. Get the hell out of here this is shameful on both lucians and even this girl… Encouraging yputh have baby from ypung… Well should put up welfare plan so they can start feom 12, like always say…. Lucians are shameless at most. This shouldnt eveb make the friggin news… Another deliquent, another broken home, anorher teenage mother to feed, another teenage mother no baby daddy (does she know him), another unwed child not a woman she is a child. Children having children wasteland. Same shit in the UK at 15 go get pregs for an apartment and welfare no matter who baby daddy is, USA i slept with 15 men dont know who the daddy is. Eventho she works she should enjoy her youth not get tied up with kids at 19 wth yall west indians think?

  21. Low grade lucian go join benedict like your mama taught u. The evil that you do will come back to u. U old salop. It already has . Go bury yourself. Cremation also a strong possibility for u.

  22. @The Crow

    Its because women are usually the ones raising the child when the men go on with their lives, giving money and time away to new women until another child happens and the cycle repeats itself.

    At least sometimes the men give praise to their women for doing a good job raising the children even if they hardly involved.

  23. Lucian Highgrade you not ashamed? At least she say she stop. judging by how you came out, your mother should have taken those same steps. So we would not be dealing with a psycho now. I have two grown kids and I did not make them at 19. I had them when I was ready. The sacrifices I made are worth it. The first is an architect. The second one in med school. And I do know for sure that men can’t be trusted to take their responsibilities. But you see in certain places, this is what child support is for. So I lucked out. It does not mean it wasn’t hard. But I appreciate what my two sons have become even if I made the sacrifices I did.

  24. Being a single mom is no joke and more women need to be honest about that and set better expectations of what being a good mother really requires. Its a lot of blind leading the blind going on and the youth and our society suffering for it.

    We don’t have the same community situation to help with raising children our grandparents did. More jobs are asking for more papers, the drugs on the streets are harder and the crime life is more accessible. Thats the difference between our grandparents time and now. So when people speak up about this single motherhood thing thank them for being honest. We need more people willing to say the truth even if it hurts people’s feelings if better must come.

    The sweet words won’t fill the baby belly, pay the doctors bills, keep the lights on, look after them when they’re sick or when you have to work.

    The young lady at this point cannot change that she is a mother. Wishing the best for you pretty girl and all new mothers. Stay focused. You living for two now. Choose good people around you and be good to them. Don’t leave your child around just anybody. Wishing you genuine friends, good employment and strength to be a good example to your precious son. The temptation is always there to be a hot mom but it’s more important to be a good mother. That’s what your child will remember.

    I hope you chose a father for him that can help to raise him and you both respect each other no matter the situation. And if the father does move on, that’s his choice, don’t get involved in going back and forth with a new woman over the child’s father.
    Go through the right channels if necessary and keep your peace. Anything other than you and your child at that point is not your concern. There may be a lot of older women that love ghetto drama and fighting the new women but that doesn’t have to be your story too. A good man will never allow confusion for you or a new woman in his life. Keep that in mind.

    If you don’t know about something or don’t have someone in your life to ask, go to a local health centre or in a pinch, look it up online from trustworthy medical and early child care sites. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you really need it, even if you might have to do some errands or chores in exchange. There are still good people out there and there’s nothing shameful about working for an honest dollar.

  25. Being a single mom is no joke and more women need to be honest about that and set better expectations of what being a good mother really requires. Its a lot of blind leading the blind going on and the youth and our society are suffering for it.

    We don’t have the same community situation to help with raising children our grandparents did. More jobs are asking for more papers, the drugs on the streets are harder and the crime life is more accessible. Thats the difference between our grandparents time and now. So when people speak up about this single motherhood thing thank them for being honest. We need more people willing to say the truth even if it hurts people’s feelings.

    The sweet words won’t fill the baby belly, pay the doctors bills, keep the lights on, look after them when they’re sick or when you have to work.

    Wishing the best for this pretty girl. Stay focused. You living for two now. Choose good people around you and be good to them. Don’t leave your child around just anybody. Wishing you genuine friends, good employment and strength to be a good example to your precious son. The temptation is always there to be a hot mom but it’s more important to be a good mother. That’s what your child will remember.

    I hope the father stays involved in helping to raise him and you both respect each other no matter the situation. And if the father does move on, that’s his choice, don’t get involved in going back and forth with a new woman.
    Go through the right channels if necessary and keep your peace. Anything other than you and your child is not your concern at that point. A lot of older women may have given the wrong example of competing for the man and fighting the new woman. Learn from their errors. A good man will never let confusion happen for you or for the new woman in his life. Keep that in mind.

    If you need help, ask for it. You can go to your local health centre and in a pinch look something up on a reliable child care websites like babycenter and Huggies.

  26. I’ve read 33 comments, in my opinion all of them sad; sad because in our opinion she is 19. In some middle- east countries she would be stoned to death. Suppose in St. Lucia today most of the population were born, with mom younger than 20; does that make mom a bitch? amazing a teen mom today don’t have to run away on a Donkey, because some rich, jealous ruler wanted to kill him, and only returned when that ruler learned his lesson.
    Shall we start this year with love – no hate, shall we give to that young mother some help in whatever way, materially, financially or otherwise. Help her, not criticize, love love and love again, speak well of her and everyone else: Be Blessed everyone.

  27. @haha pay cocoon mamau suh use the young woman won’t bring her plate for url and her child will be well taken care of

  28. @Back….you know it’s a Black Madonna and child he has on the wall in his private study and kneel to everyday but where in St Lucia do you see a Black Madonna and child ?? You know why you will never see one, so as to keep Massa in your dysfunctional life forever and it’s has worked well. You better wake up and stop believing in the lie while you alive fool.

  29. Is anyone from the St Lucia times speaks or understands Lucian creole??? I agree everyone is entitled to their opinion however there is no reason to use these type of language to go after each other.

  30. all this happy bay mama talk at 19…….it seems u all forget that wen they cant feed the child the society has to take on the task……i hope all will be well with her and that she makes the best decisions for herself and her child and has a great support system with her….the many of you bashing people for their comments know better….stop looking foolish cuz as you all very well know times are tough and hard……money nowadays means nothing for this standard of living we have here….

  31. As y’all can read her baby weights 8 pounds that should say a lot that she’s well fed

  32. A lot of the comments on here reflect the lack of control by the authorities, the website and the people in general. There is no other site in the Caribbean where vulgarity is so rampant and uncensored. We are failing in every direction. If the site do not understand the content of an article, it shouldn’t print it. When such is printed , the authorities should take make it unacceptable. Shame on us.

  33. They control alright. Submit a comment they don’t like (which they deem politically bashing of their friends and acquaintances) and see if it’s posted.

  34. Qusy, you seem to be very bad at the english language. Where did you read about being jealous’

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