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Majority of Students at a Memphis High School are Pregnant

by Kathy Jones on January 15, 2011 at 8:55 PM
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 Majority of Students at a Memphis High School are Pregnant

Nearly 90 students of a single high school in Memphis, United States, are believed to be pregnant, leading to the launch of a new campaign educating against teen pregnancy.

Around 86 students at the Frayser High School are believed to be either pregnant or given birth to a baby in the last 12 months. A number of non-profit organizations and health institutions have joined hands to create a new campaign "No Baby!" which aims to educate the teens, both girls and boys, the risk of teen pregnancy and its effects on both the mother and the child.

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Dr. Manny Alvarez, who is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, says that teen pregnancy poses a great risk for the young mothers.

"Teen pregnancies are high risk. For some of these girls, the risk factors include premature delivery, pregnancy-induced hypertension and many times, you have a higher incidence of Caesarean sections due to cephalopelvic disproportion, which happens when a the fetus is too large to fit through the pelvis", he said.




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