Sean Clark Luinor A. Labastida
Caraga Regional Science High School
“Children having children…”
True or False?
1. Teen mothers are twice as likely to die in
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
4. One-half of all welfare payments go to families
with teen mothers.
5. 20% of teen mothers are pregnant again before
7. Most teen pregnancies happen by mistake –
they were not planned.
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
12. The divorce rate is greater for couples with a
pre-marital pregnancy than for those who
conceive after marriage.
True or False?
About 16 million girls aged 15-19 years give
birth annually. 90% of them are in
The characteristics of young
Source: Growing up global: The Changing Transitions
to Adulthood in Developing Countries (National
Research Council, 2005).
both a cause & consequence of adolescent pregnancy
More than 1/5 of women in the poorest
regions have a child by age 18.
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
• 192, 500 live births
• 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
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.
Causes of Teenage Pregnancy
• curiosity or experimentation
• peer pressure
• family-related problems
• lack of information
• the influence of liberal views on
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
Risks of Teenage Pregnancy
• inadequate prenatal care
• 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.
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,
• growing up without a father
• low birth weight and premature
• school failure
• mental retardation
• insufficient health care
• abuse and neglect
• poverty and welfare dependence
How to prevent teenage
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
•Provide information &
responsibility & protective
•Provide health services &
Civil Society (Community
• “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
• still staying with her parents and
is better than
Be responsible for
every action you
“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.”