Births to teenage mothers 2018-2019 in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

According to the Center for Disease Control, "Giving birth during the teen years has been linked with increased medical risks and emotional, social, and financial costs to the mother and her children. Becoming a teen mom affects whether the mother finishes high school, goes to college, and the type of job she will get, especially for younger teens ages 15 to 17." 
For more info  .CDC Parenting and young teens 

What the data shows
In 2019, of the 11,770 births in Maine, 340 were to females ages 10 -19, or 2.9% of all births.
The previous year rate was 4.2% of all births. There is county variation. In 2019, the counties with the highest rate of births to females under age 20 were Lincoln, Somerset, Washington and Franklin, all with rates between 4.7% and 4.9%. By contrast, the rate in Cumberland County for teen births was 1.5% and Hancock and Knox Counties both had rates of 2.3%.
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Definitions: The number and percent of births to teenage mothers under age 20. This data is reported as a percent of all live births.  Births are reported by the mother's place of residence at the time of the birth.
        
The numerator is the number of births to mothers ages 10 -19 and the denominator is the number of births by females of any age. If there are 5 or fewer teen births, but the number and the percent are suppressed, and represented by an s.

Footnotes: Beginning with 2019, data is reported as females age 10 -19 who give birth. Marital status is not recorded.

New indicator: April 2021