Repeat teen pregnancies in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Teen childbearing can carry health, economic, and social consequences for mothers and their children. 
According to the CDC, having more than one child as a teen can further limit the teen mother's ability to finish her education or get a job. Infants born from a repeat teen birth are often born too small or too soon, which can lead to more health problems for the baby.
CDC Info about repeat teen pregnancies

What the data shows

Nationally, in 2016, nearly 16% of births to teen mothers were repeat births.
In Maine, the number of repeat pregnancies declined by more than half between 2010 and 2018 from 300 to 127 repeat pregnancies to females under age 20.

Since the Maine data is about pregnancies, not births, the data shown here is not comparable with national data. However, in Maine, the percent of teen pregnancies that are second or more pregnancies has changed very little, indicating that the decline in the number of repeat pregnancies is because there are fewer first teen pregnancies. A  comparison of Maine to national teen repeat births is at this link.
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Definitions: The number of females under age 20 who became pregnant and who had already been pregnant at least once before in their lives.  These data are also reported as a percent of teen pregnancies. These data represent calendar years. 


Data Source:

Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics

Footnotes: Includes births, abortions, fetal deaths for both the first pregnancy and the subsequent pregnancy.

Updated October 2019