Teenage Pregnancy in Peru

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Andrea Hare

English Composition II – ENC 1102

Dr. Jason Buchanan

October 3, 2012

Teenage Pregnancy in Peru

Teenage pregnancy in Peru is a serious matter that according to a Peruvian Health Ministry study, 12.5% of Peruvian teenagers between 15 and 19 years old have been pregnant at least once, which seems to be quite alarming. Of that percentage 9.9% are already mothers and the other 2.6% are pregnant for the first time (ENDES, 2011). This same poll also states that the 33.9% of adolescents which are already moms or are pregnant have only primary education and the 22.4% live in poverty. This numbers show how critical is the Peruvian situation regarding to this issue and that these figures have to be reduced as soon as possible, because teenage pregnancy decreases not only the development of the country but also the opportunities for study and professional development of these girls. Teenage pregnancy has been a problem that hasn’t decreased significantly in the last years in Peru, and this must become a priority for the government and the society itself because a several number of these unwanted pregnancies can be avoided if we pay due attention.

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Teenage pregnancies carry different problems, not only for the child but also for the mother, as James E. Rosen (WHO) stated that teens that are less than 16 years old are at risk of maternal death four times more than women between 20 to 30 years, and the mortality rate of infants is approximately 50% higher. Moreover, health experts agree that pregnant adolescents require special physical and psychological care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period to preserve their own health as their babies’ health too. Not only they are in a higher death risk, but also, according to reports ...

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