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I The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the western world with approximately 1 million adolescents becoming pregnant every year II Teenage mothers tend to have insufficient prenatal care A Mothers and unborn children suffer from malnutrition 1 lack of information 2 lack of money B Teenagers tend to slack on prenatal doctors visits 1 less screening for potential problems 2 less preparation and counseling C Mothers do not received counseling on the actual birthing process D Important information on appropriate behavior for the mother is not received 1 smoking 2 drinking 3 drugs III Decreased prenatal care has many negative effects on children A Babies born to women under the age of twenty are more likely to die in the first year after birth B The infant mortality rate of babies born to teen mothers is 97 deaths per 1000 live births C Diminished care can result in future developmental delays 1 cognitive 2 social IV Many problems arise when teenagers raise babies A The Majority of teen moms are unmarried and undereducated 1 lower income a lack of nutrition b difficulty obtaining childcare c decreased options of continuing education 2 high rates of poverty a unsafe feeling b low self esteem c low self efficiency 3 None or limited paternal involvement a negatively affects baby b minimal emotional support for mother 1 decreases degree of maternal role satisfaction 2 lowers self esteem B Teenagers often lack experience 1 less verbal 2 less responsive to childs needs a cognitive b emotional c motor C Teenagers are dealing with many issues of their own 1 loss of own childhood 2 possible loss of friends and social support 3 dealing with their childs behavior 4 learning how to discipline their child 5 taking on responsibility V Many support programs are developed to assist teenage mothers A Success of community service programs 1 Services are offered free of charge
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