Journal article

How do pregnancy outcomes differ in teenage mothers? A Western Australian study

Lucy N Lewis, Martha Hickey, Dorota A Doherty, S Rachel Skinner

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine whether teenage pregnancy and Indigenous status are associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A cross-sectional descriptive analysis of nulliparous women with singleton pregnancies who delivered at the sole tertiary obstetric hospital in Western Australia between June 2004 and September 2006, using data obtained from computerised midwifery records. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Maternal risk factors, pregnancy characteristics, and obstetric and perinatal outcomes for teenage and adult pregnancies. RESULTS: Of the 4896 births reviewed, 560 (11%) were to teenage mothers. Teenagers were more likely to be Indigenous and to e..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Clinical Research Scholarship and the Women and Infants Research Foundation, Western Australia. We would like to thank Maureen Hutchinson and the midwives and other health care workers at KEMH for the perinatal data supplied by the Obstetric and Gynaecology Clinical Care Unit. We are grateful for the biostatistical support provided by James Humphreys and Angela Jacques.