"In sin goes penance."
Guadalupe (1998 - Monterrey, Mexico) is a 17 year old who just gave birth to her third child. She studied until junior high school and is cohabiting unmarried with her partner, the father of the third child. She does not think on going back to school in a long time. Probably she will never develop professionally as part of the statistics in teenage mothers.
Luis is a 21 year old, father of five children who came into the emergency room after being beaten up in one of the numerous low-income communities located in the North of Mexico.
Guadalupe represents the fourth generation in her family to become pregnant before the age of 17. The body of a teenager is physiologically not prepared to have a low-risk pregnancy. Babies born to teen mothers have increased risk of developmental problems. The younger the mother under age 20, the greater the risk for the baby to die during the first year of life.
Girls born to teen mothers are more likely to become teen mothers and boys have a higher than average rate of being arrested and jailed. The teenage pregnancy is associated with increased morbidity and mortality for both mother and child.
Mexico leads in teenage pregnancy worldwide among the member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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