- Early pregnancies among adolescents have major health consequences for adolescent mothers and their babies
- Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15–19 years globally
- Low- and middle-income countries account for 99% of global maternal deaths of women aged 15–49 years
- Adolescent mothers aged 10–19 years face higher risks of eclampsia, puerperal endometritis and systemic infections
- Some 3.9 million unsafe abortions among girls aged 15–19 years occur each year, contributing to maternal mortality, morbidity and lasting health problems.
- Early childbearing can increase risks for newborns as well as young mothers