Predictors of nurses' and midwives' intentions to provide maternal and child healthcare services to adolescents in South Africa

SOURCE: BMC Health Services Research
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Jonas, P.Reddy, B.van den Borne, R.Sewpaul, A.Nyembezi, P.Naidoo
KEYWORDS: ADOLESCENTS, HEALTH SERVICES, INFANT MORTALITY, MATERNAL HEALTH, MIDWIFES, MORTALITY, TEENAGE PREGNANCY
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9454

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Abstract

Adolescent mothers are at a much higher risk for maternal mortality compared to mothers aged 20 years and above. Newborns born to adolescent mothers are also more likely to have low birth weight, with the risk of long-term effects such as early onset of adult diabetes than newborns of older mothers. Few studies have investigated the determinants of adequate quality maternal and child healthcare services to pregnant adolescents. This study was conducted to gain an understanding of nurses' and midwives' intentions to provide maternal and child healthcare and family planning services to adolescents in South Africa.