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Labor in the young the obstetric details of early age maternity in kinshasa zaire



Labor in the young the obstetric details of early age maternity in kinshasa zaire



Journal de Gynecologie Obstetrique et biologie de la Reproduction 12(8): 873-877



Pregnancy in 377 primapara under 16 yr of age, in Kinshasa, was compared with 805 mothers between 20 and 24 yr of age. The incidence of such precocious pregnancy was 3% with a mean age of 14.67 yr. The psycho-social circumstances were dominated by the unmarried state and the low level of schooling; the pregnancy was usually unwanted. The antenatal period was usually insufficiently supervised, but no special complications of pregnancy could be correlated to youth. Delivery was usually normal. The Apgar score of the newborns from these young mothers was usually lower than in the control group, but most did well because the perinatal mortality was not statistically higher. The mean weight was lower than in the control group, but higher than the classical definition of small-for-dates babies.

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