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ADOLESCENT PREGNANCIES AND PROBLEMS

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  • Helen V. Burst C.N.M., M.S.

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    1. Helen Burst received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Kansas and her M.S. in Maternal and Newborn Health Nursing and nurse-midwifery education from Yale University. When this paper was written she was the Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program and Associate Professor of Nursing and of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.
      Address correspondence to: Helen V. Burst, P.O. Box 93. Isle of Palms. South Carolina 29451.
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  • This paper was presented by Ms. Burst at a plenary session of the 18th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Jerusalem. Israel on September 6, 1978. Ms. Burst is the president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and served as a United States Delegate to the Congress.

Address correspondence to: Helen V. Burst, P.O. Box 93. Isle of Palms. South Carolina 29451.

ABSTRACT

Adolescent pregnancy is a critical world-wide problem. This paper defines the subject, overviews international and national statistical data, identifies the problems and the effect of the scope of these problems on a society, emphasizes the role of maternal nutrition and its effect on birth weight and pregnancy outcome, discusses the components of comprehensive health care before, during, and after pregnancy, and suggests approaches and services which have proven effective in giving care to adolescents.

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