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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pregnant before your body can cope

Kate Tumuhimbes, 26, had her first child at 14.
Tadej Znidarcic

Teenage pregnancy is something that is frowned upon in the UK and other developed countries and it can lead to social exclusion and financial difficulties. In developing countries however, a teenage pregnancy is not a mere inconvenience but it can mean an early death for the mother. A recent report by Save the Children has highlighted the dangers of teenagers having babies before their bodies are able to cope. Many die of infections, injury, or disease, while some are left incontinent or in a great deal of pain.

Every year over 350,000 young women die from complications in pregnancy and being under the age of 20 mean that these complications are more likely. To try and combat this high mortality rate the UK government, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this month held a Family Planning Summit in London and took steps in helping deliver access to family planning for 120 million women across the world’s poorest countries. This will highlight to teenagers worldwide the risks of having children as well as increasing the knowledge of contraception. Not only will this give girls more choice when it comes to pregnancy but it will save many lives, not only of the young mothers but of their babies too. 

-Emma Hatherall
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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