Teens’ babies less healthy

BABIES born to teen mums often experience poorer health outcomes than babies born to women just a few years older.

The findings come from a recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) report, which also found that compared to babies born to mothers aged 20 to 24, more babies born to teenage mothers were premature, of low birth weight and more likely to require admission to special care nursery.

The report showed that out of 8200 teen mothers who gave birth in 2015, almost three-quarters were aged 18 or 19, and 42 per cent were living in Australia’s lowest socioeconomic areas.

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