Pregnancy prevention program fails to work in Western Australia: Study
A study was conducted to evaluate the effect a popular pregnancy prevention program had on teenage girls. The researchers came to know that the teens who took part in the program were actually more likely to become pregnancy than girls who did not participate in it.
The pregnancy program was adapted from a US program known as ‘Baby Think It Over’ created by the company Realityworks. Under the program it was required to take care of a realistic baby doll that mimicked some of the demands of a newborn.
As per the researchers, this program is active in 89 other nations as well. In the program, around 2,800 girls, aged between 13 and 17 from 57 schools in Western Australia, were randomly assigned to a six-day pregnancy prevention program taught by nurses or to a standard health education curriculum.
The participants who were enrolled under the program had to take care of a doll that cries when it needs to be fed, burped, rocked or changed. A number of things being noticed in the program were mishandling, crying time and general care being received by baby.
The nurses provided important information, as they discussed with the teens about the dangers of smoking, drinking and having drugs during pregnancy and also shared importance of nutrition during the nine months.
Financial cost, sexual health and contraception topics were also covered. The participants even watched a video documentary in which teenage mothers shared their personal experiences. All the participants were followed for around seven years, till they turned 20 years old.
In the meanwhile, the researchers carried out compared data from hospital records and abortion clinics to know the level of pregnancies and abortions took place among young women. It was found that 17% of the teenage girls who took part in the baby simulator program conceived than 11% in the control group.
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