Mahmood Chengzee, M S Malik, Naheed Zamani.
Analytical study of young deliveries in female at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore.
Pak J Med Res Jan ;39(1):40-1.

In 1988, 285 young female subjects who were under the age of thirty at the time of deliveries were studied at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore. The encouraging aspect of this study is that those under the age of 25 did not suffer from prolonged labour, and the young female is at no risk. During 1988, there were a total of 981 deliveries at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore out of which 285 births occurred in women under the age of 15-30 years giving an incidence of more than 29%. The rest which were 696 birth occurred in women having more than 30 years of age giving as incidence of 70%. This incidence is very high when compared with any foreign countries incidence of young females even if it includes the deliveries of unwed mothers. In our study, more incidence in terms of total deliveries of full one year has been contrasted sharply with the findings of Ng9 and Tans10 suggesting a change in sexual behaviour. The pre-term delivery rate among those in young females is 13%. There is general agreement in almost all studies that maternal youth is a risk factor for pre-term labour. In this study, it is reassuring to find that those under the age of thirty did not suffer from prolonged labour or require assisted delivery or cesareans section any more than the any other comparative study elsewhere. From this study, it appears that the pregnancy in such young females is at no greater risk.

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