Promoting Health Among Childbearing Adolescents and Their Infants

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Adolescent pregnancy and parenting continue to be a reality in the United States, and our teen pregnancy rate is the highest among industrialized nations. These young women and their children experience increased health and psychosocial risks, such as inadequate weight gain during pregnancy, premature birth, low birth weight, poverty, and abuse or neglect. Nurses have numerous opportunities to promote the health of adolescents as they negotiate the phases of childbearing and early parenting. This In Focus series provides strategies that nurses can use to promote health among childbearing adolescents and their infants.