Every child born to him by his "sisters" was put away at once.
When the king heard that Baleka was sick he did not kill her outright, because he loved her a little, but he sent for me, commanding me to attend her, and when the child was born to cause its body to be brought to him, according to custom, so that he might be sure that it was dead.
Healthy infants who survive their first month of life and who are born to adolescent mothers are at greater risk of dying within their first year than are comparable infants whose mothers are aged 23-29.
Infant mortality rates are known to be higher than average among babies born to teenagers, often because of neonatal deaths related to preterm delivery and low birth weight.
This rate was highest among babies born to mothers aged 15 and younger (3.
After adjusting for the effects of these factors, as well as race and ethnicity, the investigators found that relative to infants born to women aged 23-29, babies born to the youngest mothers had the highest odds of postneonatal mortality (odds ratio, 3.
Hypothesizing that single mothers have less social support than married mothers, and that this difference may affect their infants' health, the researchers also examined the risk of postneonatal death among infants born to unmarried women.
Among infants born to white and black women, the odds of postneonatal mortality from these causes (adjusted for use of prenatal care and marital status) were highest (odds ratios, 4.