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J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 Aug;24(8):1019-21. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2010.545905. Epub 2011 Jan 13.

The admission rate in neonatal intensive care units of newborns born to adolescent mothers.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Zekai Tahir Burak Maternity Teaching Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.



Although the effect of adolescent pregnancy on perinatal mortality and morbidity is known, data on the neonatal hospitalization rate in these deliveries have not been reported. We aimed to assess the possible effects of adolescent pregnancies on the hospital outcomes of the newborns.


Three hundred adolescent mothers under 17 years of age and their singleton newborns were enrolled in this retrospective study. The major outcomes of the study were the rates of prematurity and intrauterine growth retardation, and the admission rate of newborns to the neonatal intensive care unit.


Twenty-nine percent of the newborns were premature, and the intrauterine growth retardation rate was 1%. Forty-one newborns (13.6%), of whom 38 (92.6%) were preterm, were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. The admission rate of the study population was higher than the overall newborn neonatal intensive care unit admission rate for our hospital of 9.7% (pā€Š<ā€Š0.05).


The rates of prematurity and neonatal intensive care unit admission were higher in adolescent mothers. This study is the first to demonstrate that the high NICU admission rate was related to premature deliveries in this group.

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