A woman in Samoa has been given a jail term of ten years for infanticide for flushing her newborn down the toilet two years ago. It is just one of a number of incidents this year involving babies abandoned at birth or mothers killing their baby. Sara Vui-Talitu spoke to our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia about ongoing community concerns about unwanted pregnancies and the pressures facing young mothers.
Ina total ofbabies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years.
Teenage pregnancy refers to female adolescents becoming pregnant between the ages of These young females have not yet reached adulthood and the causes of teenage pregnancy vary greatly. Teenage pregnancy may be linked to things such as lack of education and information about reproduction, peer pressure and early engagement of sexual activity .
Pregnancy can be a very exciting time for first-time parents. However, unintended pregnancy can come as a shock and bring about difficult decisions for both first-time and experienced parents alike. Getting pregnant as a teenager, during the ages of 13 to 19, can be an especially difficult experience. Of course, it is not inherently wrong to become a mother or father as an adolescent, during the ages of 10 to13, or as a teenager.
Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me. Whoever made up that rhyme is just plain wrong. Some of the letters are laced with anger.
Every year, an estimated 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2 million girls aged under 15 years become pregnant in developing regions 12. Approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2. The global adolescent birth rate has declined from 65 births per women in to 47 births per women in 6.
Societies may be more open and teens are having more premarital sex than they used to, but they surely are not using contraception as often as they should. As such, there is a great deal of unintended and unwanted teenage pregnancies, especially in the US. The authors conceptualize explanations for this lack of adolescent behavioral change, including procedures designed to identify deficiencies and to bring about necessary changes in contraception-relevant information, motivation, behavioral skills, and situational constraints.
Teenage pregnancyalso known as adolescent pregnancyis pregnancy in a female under the age of Pregnant teenagers face many of the same pregnancy related issues as other women. There are additional concerns for those under the age of 15 as they are less likely to be physically developed to sustain a healthy pregnancy or to give birth.