Mothers too young: Inequality fuels adolescent pregnancies in Thailand

PUBLISHED ON TUE, FEB 13, 2018 12:09 PM

Mothers too young: Inequality fuels adolescent pregnancies in Thailand

 

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Fern* is living in an emergency home, a shelter offering crisis care and maternal care for teen mothers. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr

 

BANGKOK, Thailand – “I had plans for my life, but since I got pregnant I had to plan for my life in a different way,” said Fern*, 18. “If I knew this was going to happen, I would have just focused on my studies. I would not have bothered with that guy.”

 

Dressed in a loose-fitting maternity dress, Fern sat in a room full of women and girls, some pregnant, others nursing newborns.

 

They are residents in a UNFPA-supported emergency home – a safe haven offering crisis care and shelter for women and girls who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. The youngest is just 13, and the half dozen other teens are somewhere between 13 and 18.

 

Full story: https://www.unfpa.org/news/mothers-too-young-inequality-fuels-adolescent-pregnancies-thailand

 

-- UNFPA 2018-02-13

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