2 10-year-old Girls Gave Birth, Youngest Early Pregnancy Case in PH

Youngest Early Pregnancy Case in 2 10-year-old Girls Registered in NCR, Calabarzon

The Civil Registry Statistics of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has registered two (2) 10-year-old girls who gave birth recently, which is the youngest case of early pregnancy.

The Commission on Population and Development was alarmed by the report of the PSA that two ten-year-olds have given birth.  PSA registered two live births from young girls from the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4-A (Calabarzon), both of which have a relatively high population.

“As reported by the World Health Organization, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are still the leading causes of death for 15-19 years old globally,” said Popcom National Capital Region director Lydio Espanol Jr.

Youngest Early Pregnancy Case
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Although the number of pregnant women ten to 19 years old decreased in 2019, the recorded case is still alarming. Espanol added that local governments should intensify reproductive health education.

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In 2019, 345 cases of pregnant women aged 10 to 14 were recorded compared to 369 in 2018. Pregnant women aged 15 to 19 also dropped 4.8 percent in 2019 with 19,614 giving birth from 20,613 in 2018.

Quezon City had the highest number of births with 4,246 aged 10 to 19 in 2019, followed by Manila (3,782), Caloocan City (2,429), San Juan (100), and Pateros (95). For Popcom, early pregnancy threatens women with the possibility of difficulty having prenatal and maternal services access in the country.

The commission stressed that the pandemic has exacerbated the difficulty of having family planning which is very crucial in mitigating cases of early pregnancies. Popcom added that early pregnancy will make it difficult for girls to enter high school.

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