Lourdes V. Coronado

Adventist University of the Philippines

Abstract

In 2018, the Philippines recorded the highest incidence of teenage pregnancies in Southeast Asia. The government needs all the help it can get to help intervene in this public health issue. The goal of this project is to empower first-time conceiving teenage girls of San Pablo City, Laguna. The study aimed to increase the knowledge, skills and attitude towards self-care and infant care through mentoring. Random sampling technique and convenience sampling techniques were used in selecting the 25 pregnant teenagers from the different barangays in San Pablo City, Laguna. Quasi- Experimental One Group Pretest Posttest design was used to investigate the level of knowledge, skills and attitude of participants during research.  The data obtained were statistically analyzed utilizing the descriptive statistics. Results revealed that there was 60% increase in knowledge on regular prenatal checkup, 20% increase in knowledge on proper and washing, 12% increase in knowledge on healthy nutrition, 44% increase in knowledge on physical exercise, 52% increase in knowledge on self-care during labor and post-partum, 36 % increase in knowledge on newborn care, and 36 % increase in knowledge on family planning after the program. Moreover, 80% expressed their appreciation of the program. All of them practiced prenatal checkup and received a mother’s book for healthy pregnancy; 85% of them were able to carry out their learning from the program. This study can be a baseline for further studies about teenage pregnancy to help health promoter and education in expanding practices and skills.

Keywords: millennial mum, teenage pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, responsible parenthood