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Babies of teenage mothers 60% more likely to die

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7283.386/c (Published 17 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:386
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

A report on teenage parenting issues from an Irish parliamentary committee has said that the death rate for babies and very young children of teenage mothers is 60% higher than that for children of older women.

The report, from the joint committee on family, community, and social affairs, examined a broad range of issues related to teenage parenting in the Republic of Ireland and called for 20 measures to improve the young parents' situation.

Frances Fitzgerald TD (member of Ireland's House of Representatives), the committee member delegated to present …

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