OBJECTIVE. To analyse for the 1987-1990 period the indicators of prenatal care and the social-health follow-up of adolescent girls included in the mother-child programme of Ciutat Vella (Barcelona). This programme was aimed at pregnant women resident in the district and with high social risk profiles. DESIGN. Descriptive and retrospective study. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS. 175 adolescent mothers were included in the programme during the period under study. This represented 82.9% coverage of all births in the district to this age group. In 10.9% of cases the mother stated she lived alone. 10.2% had had a previous child. There were drug addiction antecedents in 5% of the mothers. The first prenatal check took place during the first three months only in 56% of the pregnancies, with the proportion of low weight births (LWB: weight at birth below 2,500 grams) at 13.1%. During the period under study the proportion of pregnant women checked in the first three months went up from 45.6% to 62.5%, while the proportion of LWB's went down from 19.3% to 6.3%. CONCLUSIONS. There has been both a striking improvement in the indicators of prenatal care and less low weight births during the first four years of this programme. It is worth noting the worrying fact that one third of pregnant adolescents do not attend for a prenatal check-up before three months of their pregnancy have elapsed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Maternity in adolescents at high social risk|
|Pages (from-to)||213-214, 216|
|State||Published - Mar 31 1993|
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