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The Effect of Teenage Maternity on Obstetrical and Perinatal Outcomes

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Daniel Alexander Beyer, University of Luebeck Identifier:
First received: April 30, 2010
Last updated: March 12, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
The purpose of this study is to estimate the effect of maternal teenage on pregnancy and perinatal outcomes among Caucasian pregnant women.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Influence of Young Maternal Age on Pregnancy Outcome in Central Europe

Further study details as provided by Daniel Alexander Beyer, University of Luebeck:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • mode of delivery [ Time Frame: 9yrs ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • time of labor [ Time Frame: 9yrs ]
  • maternal injury during labor and delivery [ Time Frame: 9yrs ]
  • neonatal outcome [ Time Frame: 9yrs ]

Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: April 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
young maternal age
maternal age of < 18 years
adult maternal age
maternal age >/= 18 years

Detailed Description:

During the past decade in the United States, approximately 10 percent of teenage girls from 15 to 19 became pregnant. According to the National Vital Statistics Report 2009 seventy of one thousand births in the United States accounted to teenagers from 15 to nineteen years of age during in 2005 and fell to forty per 1,000 women in 2006. In contrary, the overall teenage birth rate lay at twenty- two per 1,000 births in Massachusetts in 2007 ranging from seventy to thirteen per 1,000 women for Hispanic vs. white women aged 15- 19 years. Central European data showed equal results for teenage pregnancy birth rates. According to the German National Institute of Vital Statistics thirty-four of one thousand births in Germany accounted to teenagers younger than 20 years of age. This pattern is a source of concern since teenage mothers have an increased risk of having low-birth- weight babies, premature babies, and babies who die during the first year of life. Additionally, teenage mothers are more likely to suffer from other concomitant pregnancy diseases such as preeclampsia or anemia.

Furthermore, teenage mothers are more likely than older mothers to be poor, less well educated, non- white, unmarried and they are less likely to have received early prenatal care. Dealing with pregnant adolescents therefore means a great challenge in modern obstetrics. Previous research has shown racial differences as well as weight differences for increased risk of adverse prenatal outcome among African Americans and teenagers. Taking into account the impact of race on pregnancy outcomes, our goal was to examine the relationship of young maternal age on obstetrical outcomes in a predominantly Caucasian central European teenaged population.


Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 50 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
retrospective cohort analysis of all deliveries at the Schleswig-Holstein University Hospital Center in Lübeck from January 2000 through December 2009

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Nulliparity
  • Maternal age of < 18 years for group A and
  • Maternal age >/= 18 years for group B

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Preterm delivery < 24 + 0 weeks of gestation post menstruation
  • Confirmed multiple pregnancy
  • Maternal and fetal co morbidity
  • Presentation other than cephalic presentation and incomplete data
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01115413

Schleswig- Holstein University, Campus Lübeck, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lübeck, Schleswig- Holstein, Germany, D-23538
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Luebeck
Principal Investigator: Daniel A Beyer, M.D. Lübeck University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Daniel Alexander Beyer, Dr. D. A. Beyer, University of Luebeck Identifier: NCT01115413     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UKSH-HL-10-064
Study First Received: April 30, 2010
Last Updated: March 12, 2017

Keywords provided by Daniel Alexander Beyer, University of Luebeck:
obstetrical risk processed this record on September 21, 2017