Teenage Pregnancies

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Prevention and reduction of teen pregnancies is an important issue that impacts nearly every community and has serious consequences not only for the teenage mother, but the child and the society in general…

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As younger teenagers are especially vulnerable to nonconsensual and coercive sex therefore, parental supervision, setting expectations and contentedness between child and parents are important factors which can decrease risky sexual behavior among adolescents.According to the annual report 1997-98 presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there was a decline in the birth rate for teenagers between the age of 15-19 between 1991 and 1996 in all states. During this period, the overall U.S. teen birth rate fell by 12 percent, by 12 percent or more in 28 states, by 16 percent or more in 13 states, whereas, decline in 4 states exceeded 20 percent. Although the figures show that there has been an improvement in teen birth rate but it's still an issue which is creating a lot of problems for the young mothers, the government as well as the society.Teenage childbearing is associated with serious health risks. Adolescent mothers, especially who are less than 15 years of age have a higher rate of birth complications including anemia, hypertension, prolonged or premature labor, pregnancy related infections and abnormal bleeding etc. There are greater chances of having a low birth weight and neonatal death rate, which means that the infant dies within 28 days of the birth, as compared to adult pregnant women. ...
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