by Andrea Nove, Zoë Matthews, Sarah Neal et al.
The Lancet Global Health, Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages e155 – e164, March 2014
Adolescents are often noted to have an increased risk of death during pregnancy or childbirth compared with older women, but the existing evidence is inconsistent and in many cases contradictory. The findings suggest that the excess mortality risk to adolescent mothers might be less than previously believed, and in most countries the adolescent maternal mortality ratio is low compared with women older than 30 years. However, these findings should not divert focus away from efforts to reduce adolescent pregnancy, which are central to the promotion of women’s educational, social, and economic development.