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Teenage Parents course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session looks at teenage pregnancy rates in the UK and identifies the associated risk factors. It explores health outcomes faced by young parents and their children with recommendations as to how health professionals can help improve the lives of young families.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify current trends in teenage conceptions and births in the UK in an international context
  • List factors that increase the risk of, or protect against, teenage pregnancy and young parenthood
  • Describe the health outcomes of young parenthood for both the child and the parents
  • Identify issues relating to working with young people when they become parents during adolescence

Different ages are used to define teenage mothers in different contexts. National statistics for the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and the indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework refer to conceptions to young women under 18; the Every Child Matters Programme covers under 19s; and breastfeeding and smoking rates from the Infant Feeding Survey use under 20s as the youngest age group. Maternity services for teenagers use various age cut-off levels depending on local needs and resources.

Instructors / Speakers
Jenny McLeish,
Writer and Researcher

Jenny McLeish is a writer and researcher who specialises in improving maternity services for marginalised women, and worked for many years at the charity Maternity Alliance. She is the strategic co-ordinator of the National Teenage Pregnancy Midwifery Network and has written publications for the Teenage Pregnancy Unit including Teenage parents: who cares? A guide to commissioning and delivering maternity services for young parents (Second edition, 2008) and Getting maternity services right for pregnant teenagers and young fathers (2008).

Cindy Hutchinson,

Cindy Hutchinson is a midwife working in London who has a particular interest in improving maternity services for young people. She worked clinically as a 1:1 midwife with teenagers before becoming involved as a research midwife in the “About Teenage Eating Project” (ATE), an observational study investigating the influence of nutrition and growth in teenagers on pregnancy outcome. She is currently completing a Masters in Public Health.

Joanna Seth-Smith,
Creating the Adolescent Health Project materials

Joanna Seth-Smith has been working on creating the Adolescent Health Project materials with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health since January 2008. She has a special interest in sexual health education and teenage pregnancy.

Teenage Parents course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Family planning/birth control
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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