FACTS ABOUT TEENAGE PREGNANCY
• Teenage pregnancy has raised a lot since 2007
• About 10% of all U.S births in 2006 were to woman under the age of 20
• 67% of births are to teenage girls 18 and 19
• More then 750,000 teenagers get pregnant each year
• About 3 in 10 teenage girls become pregnant at least once before age 20
• I think Abortion is very wrong, because its killing a poor unborn baby. Yes I understand
that not wanting to keep the baby can play a part in your decision, but give the baby up
for adoption, don’t kill it! There are some things that I could understand when it comes to
abortion. If you are raped and you don’t want to remember that night then get an
abortion. Any other time is wrong!
HEALTH RISKS FOR A BABY BORN TO A
• A baby born to a teen is at higher risk of being premature, low weight, or death
• Babies of a teenage mother are more likely to die in the first year of life then a baby born
to a mother in her twenties or thirties
• The risk’s of the baby dying is higher for a teen mother under the age 15
HEALTH RISKS CONTINUED….
• In 2005 16.4 out of 1000 babies to woman under 15 years of age died
• In 2006 10% of mothers age 15-19 had a low- birth weight baby, compared to 8.3% of
mothers of all ages
• 11.7 percent of 15-year-old mothers had a low-birth weight baby in 2006; 18,403 babies
were born to girls this age, with 2,153 of low birth weight
ABOUT A MILLION TEENAGERS GETS
PREGNANT EVERY YEAR
• In 1996, just over one-half of teen pregnancies to girls aged 15-19 ended in birth, about
one-third ended in abortion, and 14 percent ended in miscarriage.
KEY ISSUES FACING PREGNANT
• “For some young women having a child when young can represent a positive turning
point in their lives, for many more teenagers bringing up a child is incredibly difficult and
often results in poor outcomes for both the teenage parent and the child...”
• Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Beyond 2010 – (Department of Children, Schools and
KEY ISSUES CONTINUES
• Should I keep my baby?
• Abortion issues.
• I am concerned about parents
• Support and guidance.
• Will the father support me?
• Father’s involvement for child.
• Support for father.
• A teen mother is more likely to:
• drop out of school
• have no or low qualifications
• be unemployed or low-paid
• live in poor housing conditions
• suffer from depression which may result in suicide
• live on welfare
• Single parenthood
CAUSES OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY
• Early marriage
• 2. Adolescent sexual behaviour - alcohol and drugs
• 3.Lack of sex education
• 4.Peer pressure
• 5. Sexual abuse - rape
• 6. Poverty
• 7. Exposure to abuse, violence and family strife at home
• 8. Low self esteem/ Desperation
9. Low educational ambitions and goals
• 10. Media, social networks
FAMILY PLANNING AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Many societies, including in Malaysia, disapprove of premarital sex.
· As a result, young people have limited or no access to education and information on reproductive sexual health care.
· Modern contraceptive use among adolescents is generally low, and decreases with economic status. Fewer than 5% of the poorest
young use modern contraception.
· Young women consistently report less contraceptive usage than men, evidence of their unequal power in negotiating safer sex or
restrictions on their access to services (such as lack of information, shame, laws, health provider attitudes and practices, or social
· Young people may hesitate to visit clinics because of lack of privacy and confidentiality, inconvenient locations and hours, high costs,
limited contraceptive choices and supplies, and perhaps most importantly, negative or judgmental provider attitudes.
· Laws and policies also may restrict adolescents’ access to information and services, for example, by limiting family planning to married
people or requiring parental or spousal consent.
· A basic challenge in advocacy, especially in traditional societies, is the taboo on public discussion of sexual issues, including the fact
that many young people are sexually active before marriage.
PREVENTION OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY
• Sex Education & Counselling (Dysfunction)
• Religious Morals & Ethics
• Safe sex – use of contraceptives
• Abstinence among teens
• Prevention Programs – Raudhatus Sakinah
• Role of Parents, schools, religious institutions (Agents of socialization
TIPS FOR THE GIRLS
• Avoid being alone with a guy
• Use protection whenever having sex
• Avoid taking alcohol and drugs
• Use family planning pills
• No sex before marriage.