Teen pregnancies: We are failing to protect our teenagers

I refer to the news report “Teen mum throws newborn from fourth floor flat, baby girl survives” published on May 13, 2020, in The Star: an 18-year-old allegedly threw her newborn off the balcony of a fourth floor flat to prevent her parents from discovering that she had just given birth. It seems that none of her family members were aware that she was pregnant. I have read many comments from members of the public that are filled with anger over this news article. While I can, of course, understand the reaction, I would like to ask/plead that Malaysians also empathise with the teen’s perspective – she might have been in extreme fear, probably depressed, and worried that her family will find out that she had had an unintended pregnancy.

In fact, a cross-sectional study on postpartum depression (PPD) among 347 Malaysian women who had just given birth revealed that the prevalence of PPD was 31.7%. According to the study, women with unplanned pregnancies were 2.3 times more likely to experience PPD compared with those who had planned pregnancies. Additionally, the study also found that women who had no, or less, childbirth experience were three times more likely to experience PPD.

Limited time offer:
Just RM5 per month.

Monthly Plan


Billed as RM5/month for the 1st 6 months then RM13.90 thereafters.

Annual Plan


Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Sexual health , teen pregnancies


Next In Letters

New law for a fair and transparent credit industry
Beware of deceptive claims in AI industry
Let LRT project go ahead
Memorable year for Soon Huat and Shevon
Ensuring mental well-being of children
Time to declare obesity as a national threat
Priority in education reform
Fuel subsidy rationalisation must be equitable
Addressing the decline of interest in STEM
Dashcams for all, please

Others Also Read