Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines

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Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines

  1. 1. Teenage Pregnancy Reporter: Sean Clark Luinor A. Labastida IV-Bohr Caraga Regional Science High School “Children having children…”
  2. 2. True or False? True True True True True True 1. Teen mothers are twice as likely to die in childbirth. 2. A child born to a teen mother is twice as likely to die before the age of one. 3. Teen mothers are twice as likely not to finish high school. 4. One-half of all welfare payments go to families with teen mothers. 5. 20% of teen mothers are pregnant again before two years. 7. Most teen pregnancies happen by mistake – they were not planned.
  3. 3. False False False False True 8. If a girl gets pregnant a guy does not need to worry about it if he does not like the girl. 9. If a guy does not have a regular job, he will not be responsible for child support. 10. If a couple breaks up after the girl is pregnant, the guy has no responsibility for the child. 11. It's a girl's fault if she gets pregnant. It's not the guy's problem. 12. The divorce rate is greater for couples with a pre-marital pregnancy than for those who conceive after marriage. True or False?
  4. 4. About 16 million girls aged 15-19 years give birth annually. 90% of them are in developing countries. The characteristics of young mothers : -Little education, -Rural dwelling, -Low income. Source: Growing up global: The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries (National Research Council, 2005).
  5. 5. Socio-economic deprivation: both a cause & consequence of adolescent pregnancy Teenage Pregnancy Loss of educational & employment opportunities Poverty
  6. 6. More than 1/5 of women in the poorest regions have a child by age 18. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 West Asia & North Africa South America Carribean & Central America South, Central & South East Asia Eastern & Southern Africa Western & Middle Africa Source: Tabulations of demographic & health surveys from 51 countries,1990-2001. (National Research Council, Growing up global: The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries, 2005). Percentage of teenage pregnancy
  7. 7. In 2009: • 192, 500 live births In 2010 • live births by teenage mothers registered with the NSO were 207,898, compared with 126,025 in 2000. UNFPA 2011 annual report • 53 births per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 19 • 1/5 of the country’s population belongs to the 15 to 24 years old brackets or 16.5 million youngsters in 2000 and by 2030 it would reach 30 million. • 30% of all births belong to the 15 to 19 year age group and by the time they become 20, 25% of them are already mother. Cases in the Philippines
  8. 8. According to Young Adolescent Fertility survey in 2002 •In the Cordillera, – 13.9% of the girls have premarital sex with the mean age of 18 – 92.3% of these girls have sex with their boyfriends or their “ka-on”. – 43.8% did not plan to have a sexual experience but such happened anyway while25% of those who have sex at said age for the first time did not want to do it but went along with it.
  9. 9. Causes of Teenage Pregnancy • curiosity or experimentation • peer pressure • family-related problems • lack of information • the influence of liberal views on sex.
  10. 10. Risks for the Teen Mother • Less likely to complete high school • Dependence on welfare • Single parenthood • More likely to have more children sooner on a limited income • More likely to abuse or neglect the child
  11. 11. Risks of Teenage Pregnancy • malnutrition • inadequate prenatal care • abortion • fetal deaths • cervical cancer National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. (1997). Whatever Happened to Childhood? The Problem of Teen Pregnancy in the United States. Washington, DC: Author.
  12. 12. Risks for the Baby Source: Maynard, R.A., (ed.), Kids Having Kids: A Robin Hood Foundation Special Report on the Costs of Adolescent Childbearing, New York: Robin Hood Foundation, 1996. • growing up without a father • low birth weight and premature • school failure • mental retardation • insufficient health care • abuse and neglect • poverty and welfare dependence
  13. 13. How to prevent teenage pregnancy? 1. Keep them at home with an intact family set up. 2. Keep them in school. 3. Keep talking to them. 4. Keep them morally and spiritually grounded.
  14. 14. Mass media •Provide information & education •Promote individual responsibility & protective norms •Provide health services & products Schools Health services Civil Society (Community Organizations)
  15. 15. An example • “This shouldn’t have happened,” she says, adding that she is not ready for the responsibility of being a parent. • doesn’t know what she wants in life at all • dropped out of school • started to have boyfriends at age of 9 • still staying with her parents and three siblings. Jasmin, 14
  16. 16. What if…
  17. 17. “Patience is a virtue.” “Prevention is better than cure.”
  18. 18. Be responsible for every action you make. “Do not be blind by what you saw. Do not be deaf by what you heard. Do not be fooled by what you want. Do not be dumb by what you feel. Think. Resist. Say ‘no’. Stand still.”

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