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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Rate of teenage pregnancy in Jordan and its impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes

Yousef S. Khader
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/ Anwar Batieha
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Published Online: 2017-07-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0075



Research regarding the adverse outcomes of adolescent childbearing has suffered from many limitations such as a small sample size and non-representative samples. This study was conducted to determine the rate of teenage pregnancy among Jordanian adolescents and its associated adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes.


The study is a part of a comprehensive national study of perinatal mortality that was conducted between 2011 and 2012 in Jordan. All women who gave birth after 20 weeks of gestation in 18 maternity hospitals in Jordan between 2011 and 2012 were invited to participate in the study. Consenting women were interviewed by the trained midwives in these hospitals using a structured questionnaire prepared for the purpose of this study. Additional information was also collected based on the physical examination by the midwife and the obstetrician at admission and at discharge. Data on the newborn were also collected by the pediatric nurses and the neonatologists in these hospitals.


The overall rate of teenage pregnancy [95% confidence interval (CI) was 6.2% (5.9%, 6.5%)]. Of the studied maternal and neonatal outcomes, women aged <20 years were more likely to deliver prematurely compared to women aged 20–35 years [odds ratio (OR)=1.5, 95% CI: 1.2, 1.9; p < 0.005)]. However, the two groups of women did not differ significantly in low birth weight delivery (OR = 1.2, 95% CI: 0.9, 1.5; p = 0.167) and neonatal mortality (OR = 1.2, 95% CI: 0.8, 1.3; p = 0.491) in the multivariate analysis.


Teenage pregnancy was associated with increased risk of premature delivery, apart from the effects of socioeconomic factors.

Keywords: Jordan; parity; pregnancy outcomes; prematurity; teenage pregnancy


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Received: 2017-05-01

Accepted: 2017-06-08

Published Online: 2017-07-26

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170075, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0075.

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