There were nearly , babies born in to teen moms, according to the U. About 77 percent of these pregnancies were unplanned. Carrying a baby and becoming a mom not only creates physical changes. Women also go through mental changes. Young moms face added stress from:.
Closing the gap in adolescent pregnancy in the Dominican Republic
PAHO/WHO | Closing the gap in adolescent pregnancy in the Dominican Republic
After facing stagnating adolescent pregnancy rates, the Dominican Republic is applying a new approach that focuses on equity to make sure no adolescents - including those most at risk of becoming pregnant - are left out of programs designed to prevent teen pregnancy. This new approach comes as a response to the new global health agenda, which centers on equity and universality and prioritizes the health and well-being of adolescents and includes specific indicators and targets related to adolescent pregnancy. Some progress has been made to prevent adolescent pregnancy in the Latin American and the Caribbean LAC region, but there are subpopulations where it remains high. Indigenous, rural, less educated and adolescents from lower wealth index quintiles are more likely to become pregnant, compared with their counterparts who are nonindigenous, urban, more educated and in higher wealth index quintiles. The current adolescent fertility rate of 96 births per women aged is the highest in LAC. The stagnating adolescent pregnancy rate and its inequal distribution in the population threaten national gains in development and put at risk the possible achievement of the targets and goals set for The Innov8 methodology was taught in a preliminary work shop in August
The United Nations says 53, women in Nigeria die annually of pregnancy-related illnesses. That is one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Doctors and youth counselors in Nigeria say teenage mothers are more at risk because of poverty, lack of access to health care, and a culture that does not like to talk about sex. Pedro Village is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lagos, Nigeria. Most people maintain a meager existence by fishing and doing odd jobs.
PIP: This article reviews the literature of the medical risks associated with teenage pregnancy. Consideration of the risks of teenage pregnancy must include the risks of abortion. The physical risks of the options of unwanted pregnancy are as important as the psychosocial and the teenager's knowledge of these will help her make the best decision. West Australia data have shown that since the birthrate for older teenagers declined but for younger teenagers has remained steady. The decline in birthrate among older teenagers is likely to be due to increased use of contraception and abortion rather than a decline in sexual activity.