Outcomes of Teen Pregnancies Delivered at University of Texas Medical Branch in 2013

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J McAna Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.


The purpose of this Capstone project was to explore the demographics and outcomes of teen pregnancies delivered at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2013. Electronic medical records of teenage patients who delivered at UTMB in Galveston, TX in 2013 were reviewed; the desired demographic information and pregnancy and birth outcome data were extracted and analyzed. The majority of teenage mothers were of Hispanic origin. Most of the teenage mothers did not receive prenatal care until after the first trimester. An increased risk of preterm delivery was again evident in teenagers similar to previous studies. Caucasian teenage mothers had the highest prevalence of smoking and were the only group with growth-restricted infants. On the other hand, low APGAR scores had the highest prevalence in infants born to teen mothers of other racial groups. Preterm delivery rate was highest in teen mothers of Asian/Pacific islander and other racial groups, followed by African American mothers. Some of these findings are consistent with previous studies in Texas and some are different from earlier studies hence providing new insight to the specifics of teen pregnancy in the region. Results from this study serve as baseline information regarding teen pregnancy demographics and outcomes in southeast Texas in order to develop specific teen pregnancy prevention policies and treatment guidelines.

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