The Bayelsa State Government yesterday advised parents on the need for child spacing to guarantee healthy life for both mothers and newborns.
The Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson on Maternal and Neonatal Health, Prof. Rose Ezonbodor-Akwagbe, gave the advice at Adagbabiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state during a visit of the government’s Safe Motherhood Sensitisation sub-committee to the community.
She urged nursing mother’s to always stick to the 24-month interval is in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of breastfeeding for at least two years.
She said: “Generally speaking, before women plan to have their next baby, they should consider among other factors, their age, access to health services as well as their economic status.”
While warning girls against becoming pregnant at a very tender age, Ezonbodor-Akwagbe said based on statistics, the chances of a woman dying during pregnancy are three times higher for teenage mothers than for women in the 20-29 age group.
According to her, giving birth too early can severely damage a girl’s reproductive and general health, causing such problems as obstructed labour, which sometimes result in bleeding to death, and vesico-vaginal fistula.