Adolescent Maternal Mortality: An Overlooked Crisis

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As many as 529,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for young women ages 15 through 19. The reproductive health of adolescent women depends on biological, social, and economic factors. Programs must provide education, family planning services, and pre- and postnatal care to reduce morbidity and mortality among young women.

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