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Priyanka Idicula

Midwifery Care of Adolescent Pregnancies: Lessons From India

  • Speaker: Priyanka Idicula , CPM, FACCE, LCCE, M.sc
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

16 million adolescents give birth in India annually which roughly translates to 100 percent of teenage pregnancies worldwide. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) predicted “India will retain the biggest national adolescent girl population, with hardly any net change from 2010 to 2030 (93 million to 95 million)”. Birth Village, the natural birthing center, is the only free-standing natural birth center with midwife led care based currently in India.

In 2012 we formalized our second not for profit organization Birth for Change, and in conjunction with another NGO Dil se, have been successfully running Tejus, a home, the only one of its kind in India for young children who enter pregnancy primarily through violence. We provide a safe space where this section of vulnerable population obtain nourishment, childbirth education and exercise classes, facilitating supportive relationships, birth services and postpartum services. We have also expanded to provide an additional foundling space where the mothers can keep their babies. This presentation provides a look some of our research, including birth narratives recorded with consent, and provides a focused look at the midwifery care of adolescent pregnancies.