Photograph: Rui Gaudêncio
If adolescent pregnancy was a theatre play, the main characters would be the mother and the baby. The father would seldom get the good guy’s part, he would most likely be “the scoundrel who got the girl pregnant”, the one “who leaves the stage before the end of the first act”. João Oliveira, 15, is one of the rare exceptions. When he told his mother he was going to be a father she cried, his father laughed. He has never missed a doctor’s appointment with baby Mariana. Teenage parents like him now have conversations about newborn colic and tantrums. At school their friends tell them they have aged all of a sudden.