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Adolescent pregnancies are generally unplanned. As an unplanned pregnancy and adolescent faces many health risks for them and their baby. First if a pregnancy is unplanned the proper prenatal care is not being utilized. Improper prenatal care can contribute to low birth weight and infant mortality. “Here are a few risks that are greater if you are pregnant before the age of 15 or you do not seek prenatal care:low birth weight/premature birth, anemia (low iron levels), high blood pressure/pregnancy induced hypertension, PIH (can lead to preeclampsia),a higher rate of infant mortality (death) and possible greater risk of cephalopelvic disproportion* (the baby’s head is wider than the pelvic opening).” (Teen pregnancy issues,2017). Hypertension is a risk factor for the adolescent’s body but there are also emotional risk factors such as postpartum depression. As a society dealing with teen pregnancy puts more financial burden on the society to pay for the unplanned pregnancy, medical bills and even child care after the birth.Planned Parenthood is a community resource that provides low or no cost services to teens such as pregnancy testing, women’s health and contraception services.Child Welfare. Gov Provides pregnant and adolescent parents support resources such as, finding child care, finding support groups, financial benefits, and recommendations to stay healthy.Colorado’s “teen fertility rate,” measured in births per 1,000 by teens aged 15-19, has dropped considerably faster than the national rate, also in decline. From 2009 to 2014, the U.S. rate decreased from 37.9 to 24.2 births. In Colorado, the rate dipped from 37.5 to 19.4. (Brown, J. ,2017, December 01). Creating adolescent awareness and education about birth control and the repercussions of an unplanned birth are key in lowering adolescent pregnancies.The steep drop in teen pregnancies and abortions in Colorado since 2009 is mainly due to one thing: free, low-cost access to IUDs. (Brown, J. ,2017, December 01).

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Brown, J. (2017, December 01). IUD program leads to big decline in teen pregnancies, abortions in Colorado. Retrieved from https://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/30/colorado-teen-pregnancy-abortion-rates-drop-free-low-cost-iud/

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