Mapping of Teenage Birth Delivery in Selected UNFPA Areas

No. of pages: 29

Publication date: 4 August 2016

Author: UNFPA

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The University of the Philippines Population Institute 2014 study on Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines states that teenage mothers compare poorly with mothers from older age groups in a number of reproductive health indicators. For one, they tend to have the shortest birth intervals of all age groups. Taking into account the fact that their bodies are not yet ready for the physical demands of childbearing, having closely spaced births exposes young mothers to further health risks. With these risks it is viewed that that teenage mothers and their babies can be protected during delivery with skilled birth attendance in a health facility. The NDHS 2013 however, show that only 64% of births among the mothers aged 15-19 are delivered in a health facility.