Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Programs that fight teenage pregnancy are at risk of being cut, By Pam Belluck, August 10, 2017, New York Times: “At age 14, Latavia Burton knows something about teenage pregnancy. Her mother gave birth to her at 18 and couldn’t attend college because of it. And Latavia’s former best friend became pregnant at 16.  So a pregnancy prevention program in eighth grade and another in her neighborhood this summer hit home…”

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Trump administration cuts short anti-teen pregnancy grants, By Carolyn Thompson (AP), July 25, 2017, ABC News: “Dozens of teen pregnancy prevention programs deemed ineffective by President Donald Trump’s administration will lose more than $200 million in funding following a surprise decision to end five-year grants after only three years. The administration’s assessment is in sharp contrast with that of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which credited the program with contributing to an all-time low rate of teen pregnancies…”

US Teen Birth Rate

Birth rate among teenage girls reaches historic low, CDC says, By Shannon Gilchrist, June 30, 2017, Columbus Dispatch: “The birth rate among American teenage girls has dropped to a historic low, according to government statistics released Friday. Births to American teens ages 15 to 19 fell 9 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The birth rate in 2016 — 20.3 babies per 1,000 females — marks a decrease of 51 percent from 2007 and 67 percent from 1991…”

Teen Birthrate – Milwaukee, WI

City’s teen birthrate at historic low, By Crocker Stephenson, October 27, 2016, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Milwaukee’s birthrate for girls 15 to 17 years old continues to plunge, reaching a historic low in 2015, the Milwaukee Health Department plans to announce Friday.  The decrease was seen across all racial and ethnic groups, according to the department. The city’s teen birthrate has declined 65% since 2006, when one out of every 20 girls gave birth to a child…”

US Teen Birth Rate

Teen birth rate in the U.S. hits record low for 7th consecutive year, By Karen Kaplan, September 28, 2016, Los Angeles Times: “The birth rate for U.S. teenagers hit an all-time low in 2015, the seventh straight year a new record has been set.  Overall, there were 22.3 births for every 1,000 young women between 15 and 19, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents an 8% drop in just one year…”

Teenage Pregnancy in the UK

How the UK halved its teenage pregnancy rate, By Amelia Hill, July 18, 2016, The Guardian: “Rates of teenage pregnancy in the UK have halved in the past two decades and are now at their lowest levels since record-keeping began in the late 1960s. It is a dramatic turnaround: in 1998, England had one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in western Europe. Last week, the Office for National Statistics released data revealing the fall in the conception rate among females aged 15 to 19 as the standout success story in the public health field: just 14.5 per 1,000 births were to women in their teens, with drops in all age groups under 25…”

Teenage Pregnancy – England

England’s teenage pregnancy strategy to become global blueprint, By Sally Weale, May 23, 2016, The Guardian: “A teenage pregnancy prevention strategy that is credited for halving the rate of conceptions among teenagers in England is to be used as a blueprint in countries that want to emulate its success. Alison Hadley, who led the 10-year programme resulting in record lows in teenage pregnancies, has been asked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to share the lessons of the project so they can be applied globally…”

US Teen Birth Rate

Teen birth rate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks, By Ariana Eunjung Cha, April 28, 2016, Washington Post: “The birth rate among American teenagers, at crisis levels in the 1990s, has fallen to an all-time low, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decline of the past decade has occurred in all regions in the country and among all races. But the most radical changes have been among Hispanic and black teens, whose birth rates have dropped nearly 50 percent since 2006…”

Teenage Pregnancy – Baltimore, MD

Teen pregnancies in Baltimore drop by a third, By Meredith Cohn and Andrea K. McDaniels, February 24, 2015, Baltimore Sun: “Baltimore’s teen pregnancy rate dropped by nearly a third from 2009 to 2013, far surpassing the city’s goal for reducing the rate, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to announce today.  While public health officials cheered the reduction, the city’s rate remains twice as high as the state’s and significantly higher than the national average, which experienced a similar drop, according to government statistics. It’s a particular problem in black and Hispanic communities…”

Teen Birthrate – Milwaukee, WI

Teen birthrate in Milwaukee drops for 7th consecutive year, By Jesse Garza, October 29, 2014, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Pushed by another dramatic decline in the teen birthrate among Hispanic girls, Milwaukee’s overall birthrate among girls ages 15 to 17 dropped in 2013, for the seventh year in a row, preliminary data shows. The decline in the rate among non-Hispanic black teens, however, took an upturn during the year, along with a slight uptick among non-Hispanic white girls, according to the data compiled for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. But it’s against the backdrop of another decline in the overall rate, and a 56% decrease in that rate between 2006 and 2013, that Mayor Tom Barrett and officials with the initiative have announced the ambitious goal of reducing the 2013 overall rate by another 50%, to 11.4, by 2023…”

US Teen Birth Rate

  • Teen birth rate has dropped dramatically in last two decades: CDC, By Dennis Thompson, August 20, 2014, Philadelphia Inquirer: “U.S. teen birth rates fell dramatically during the past two decades, plummeting 57 percent and saving taxpayers billions of dollars, a new government report shows. An estimated 4 million fewer births occurred among teenagers as a result of the decline, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…”
  • Teen births: Most are in the South and Southwest, By Sharon Jayson, August 20, 2014, USA Today: “More teens are having babies in the South and Southwest while the fewest are in the Northeast, according to new state-by-state breakdowns of federal data out Wednesday. Births per 1,000 teenagers (ages 15–19) range from a low of 13.8 in New Hampshire to a high of 47.5 in New Mexico, according to the report from the National Center for Health Statistics based on 2012 data, the most recent available for the states…”

Teenage Pregnancy in the US

Teenage pregnancy, birth, abortion rates all falling, report says, By Amina Khan, May 5, 2014, Los Angeles Times: “Looks like good news may come in threes. The teenage pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate have all dropped sharply since their respective peaks in the 1990s, according to new research by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on reproductive health. The recent fall in these three rates shows that teen births may be down in part because fewer teens are getting pregnant in the first place, researchers said…”

Teen Pregnancy in the US

  • Teen births lowest in years, By Jennifer Keefe, October 13, 2013, Foster’s Daily Democrat: “The Centers for Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics has reported teen births are at all-time lows — the lowest since World War II. In its National Vital Statistics Report of birth rate data for 2012, statisticians report a significant drop in births to teenagers 15-19 years old. Teen births were down 6 percent from 2011 to 29.4 births per 1,000 teenagers. The number of births dropped 7 percent to 305,420, the fewest since the end of World War II…”
  • Forsyth teen pregnancy rate drops for fourth straight year, By Richard Craver, October 16, 2013, Winston-Salem Journal: “The number of pregnancies among Forsyth County teens dropped 8.4 percent during 2012 to 508 — the fourth consecutive yearly drop, according to data released Wednesday by the N.C. State Center for Health Statistics…”

Teen Birthrate – Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee teen birthrate drops 50% in 7 years after city efforts, By Karen Herzog, October 23, 2013, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Milwaukee’s teen birthrate has dropped by 50% over the past seven years — surpassing by three years and 4 percentage points a goal set by one of the most ambitious teen pregnancy prevention initiatives in the nation, city officials announced Wednesday. The 2012 teen birthrate marks a historic low for the city: 25.76 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 17, down 50% from seven years prior, when the rate was 52 births per 1,000 females in that age group. The initiative grew out of concerns that children born to teen mothers are more likely to become teen parents themselves and are more likely to drop out of school, tap into public assistance or go to jail. The city and a group of community partners set a goal in 2008 to reduce Milwaukee’s teen births by 46% over 10 years (2006-’15), to 30 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 17…”

Homelessness Among Teen Parents – Massachusetts

  • New report finds 30 percent of teen parents in Massachusetts have been homeless, By Shira Schoenberg, September 10, 2013, The Republican: “Jasmin Colon, who works for the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, grew up in Florida, with a mother who was in an abusive relationship. Colon helped raise her handicapped brothers. She got kicked out of her house and moved to Massachusetts at age 16, then got pregnant. ‘I was terrified. I didn’t know where I was going to live, how I’d support my son,’ Colon said. Colon said she turned to state agencies for help, but felt stigmatized by some of the providers that were supposed to support her. She moved in with her son’s father and his family. ‘It’s so important for people to understand there are underlying issues when people become young parents, get exploited or become homeless,’ Colon said…”
  • Report makes links between abuse, homelessness among teen parents, By Michael P. Norton, September 10, 2013, Patriot Ledger: “Thirty percent of pregnant and parenting teens in Massachusetts were homeless at some point during the past fiscal year and almost 10 percent of teen parents who were homeless had been subject to commercial sexual exploitation, according to a report released Tuesday. The authors of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy report say it ‘exposes the cascade of trauma’ facing homeless teen parents, finding 59 percent of teen parents who had been homeless had been physically or emotionally abused or neglected by a caregiver and 27 percent had been sexually abused. Researchers cited lack of family support, teens raising siblings, and teens being kicked out by caregivers as reasons for teen homelessness…”

US Teen Birth Rate

Teen birth rates dip in all but 2 states, national figure at record low, CDC report says, By Mike Stobbe (AP), May 23, 2013, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: “The nation’s record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report. All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years. But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates fall by 30 percent or more…”

US Teen Birth Rates

  • Teen birth rates hit historic low in U.S., By Ryan Jaslow, February 11, 2013, CBS News: “Teen birth rates appear to have reached historic lows. A new study from researchers at the government’s National Center for Health Statistics shows the U.S. teen birth rate has continued its recent declines to hit a record low of 31.3 births per 1,000 women in 2011. That’s good news, considering teen pregnancy could increase health risks for both mom and baby. Teens who are pregnant are more likely to experience complications like pregnancy-induced hypertension, anemia, preeclampsia and premature birth…”
  • U.S. birth rate hit historic low in 2011, CDC says, By Michael Smith, February 11, 2013, ABC News: “Americans had fewer babies in 2011 than in any year before, according to an annual summary of vital statistics. In 2011, 3,953,593 babies were born in the U.S. — 1 percent fewer than in 2010 and 4 percent fewer than in 2009, according to Brady Hamilton, PhD, of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues at the agency and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. That number, combined with population data, yielded a crude birth rate of 12.7 per 1,000 people, the lowest rate ever reported for the nation, they reported online and in the March 2013 issue of Pediatrics…”

Kids Count Report – West Virginia

  • W.Va. has 10th-highest teen birth rate in US, By Shay Maunz, February 5, 2013, Charleston Daily Mail: “West Virginia’s teen birth rate has improved over the last year, but the gap between the percentage of teen mothers in the state versus the country is bigger now than ever. For years, the number of teen births in West Virginia was trending slowly but steadily down, right along with national figures. But in 2006, the teen birth rate in West Virginia began to worsen while the national rate continued to improve. The disparity between the two became worse than ever. New data from Kids Count, a child advocacy group, shows that in 2011, West Virginia’s teen birth rate was 46.3 per 1,000 teens. That’s far worse than the national average of 37.5 for every 1,000 teens…”
  • W.Va.’s teen birth rate down, Kids Count data says, By Lori Kersey, February 5, 2013, Charleston Gazette: “Fewer West Virginia teenagers had babies in 2010 than in 2009, but the state still ranks among the 10 highest in the country for children born to teenage mothers, according to a study released to Tuesday from Kids Count West Virginia. The teen birth rate for West Virginia and the nation had been on the decrease for decades until 2006 and 2007, when both rates increased. In 2008, the national rate declined again, while West Virginia’s rate continued to increase. But the latest data shows that in 2010, West Virginia’s teen birth rate fell to 45 births per 1,000 teenage girls. That’s down from 50 births per 1,000 teenagers in 2009. Officials are hopeful, but they aren’t sure what to make of the decline…”

Teen Birthrate – Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee’s teen birthrate drops for fifth year in row, By Karen Herzog, October 19, 2012, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Milwaukee’s teen birthrate – the second highest in the nation less than a decade ago – last year dropped for a fifth year in a row to a new historic low. The drop wasn’t as dramatic as those seen in 2009 and 2010, but the city remains on pace to reach a goal of reducing the teen birthrate to 30 per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 17 by 2015 – a goal set in 2007 by United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Center for Urban Population Health and the Milwaukee Health Department. The latest data from the Health Department put the 2011 teen birthrate at 33.4 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17. That’s down from 35.8 in 2010 and follows a succession of decreases – 41.3 per 1,000 teens in 2009; 46.7 in 2008; 47.1 in 2007; and 52 in 2006. The teen birthrate is declining nationally, but Milwaukee has seen a slightly more rapid drop in its rate…”

Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage pregnancy: High US rates due to poverty, not promiscuity, By Stephanie Hanes, May 22, 2012, Christian Science Monitor: “Why is a teenage girl in Mississippi four times as likely to give birth than a teenage girl in New Hampshire? (And 15 times more likely to give birth than a teen in Switzerland?) Or why is the teen birth rate in Massachusetts 19.6 per 1,000, while it’s 47.7 per 1,000 in Washington, D.C.? And why, despite a 40 percent drop over two decades, are teen moms still far more common in the US than elsewhere across the developed world? (And nope, it’s not that American teens have more sex. Many studies have found that US teenagers have less sex than compatriots in Europe.) The answer, according to a study published today in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, may well lie in social inequality…”