Health and social service attention to early pregnancies and adolescent mothers in Spain

Dra. Ana Lucía Hernández Cordero1, Dr. Alessandro Gentile1, Alba Aventín Bielsa2, Laura Hervás Blanco2
1Universidad de Zaragoza, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y del Trabajo 2Universidad de Zaragoza, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y del Trabajo
DOI: 10.22400/cij.7.e038

Early pregnancies and childbearing are considered urgent public health problems in the world. Such events are linked to affective-sexual risk behaviors by girls who have not yet reached the age of 18. They suddenly find themselves in difficult and often unforeseen situations that can seriously disrupt their present well-being and future plans. In this article we review the current scale of this phenomenon – at the international and national level – and we conclude at the medical health and social service care available to pregnant women and mothers in Spain, according to current regulations on sexual health and reproductive and child protection. Our objectives are to describe the formal support network for girls who are in these situations, encourage reflection on the institutional approach to prevent unwanted pregnancies and, when they occur, to sustain them in their parenting tasks and in their emancipation.

Sexual health; Unwanted pregnancies; Health and social service care; Early maternity.
Recibido ǀ Received ǀ Recebido  08/04/2019,  Aceptado ǀ Accepted ǀ Aceito  08/07/2019,  Publicado ǀ Available ǀ Publicação  31/07/2019 
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