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AGE

15

<2.5KG BIRTH WEIGHT

2.5KG BIRTH WEIGHT

0.34%

0.34%

16

1.36%

1.7%

17

1.36%

18

6.14%

group among the teen mothers as shown by the bar graphs below.
Graph 1 showing percentages of babies born to teen mothers with birth weight less than
2.5 kg.

Graph 2 showing percentages of babies born to teen mothers with birth weight more
than 2.5 kg.

IMPLICATIONS TO MIDWIFERY PRACTICE


In teen pregnancy, nutrition is poor resulting in low birth weight babies in teen mothers.
This may result into poor survival of the babies as they require maximum care from the
mothers which they may not be able to provide as they lack the knowledge and skills.
Also this may lead to extended hospitalization as both the baby and mother may require
observations.
Some of the teenage mothers give birth to babies whose birth weight is more than 2.5
kg and this may result into complications to the mother such as tears and fistulas since
they are not well developed to accommodate normal delivery.