Young teen pregnancy, state in Maine

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Teen childbearing can carry health, economic, and social consequences for mothers and their children. Teen pregnancy and childbirth contribute significantly to dropout rates among high school females, increased health and foster care costs, and a wide range of developmental problems for children born to teen mothers.  Teen pregnancy prevention efforts require involvement of families, service providers, schools, faith- and community-based organizations, policymakers, and youth.

What the data shows
The number of young teen pregnancies ages 10-17 has fallen by 80% since 2008, from
606 in 2008 to 119 in 2019. The rate of young teen pregnancy per 1,000 girls ages 10-17 in Maine has fallen from 9.4 per 1,000 to 2.1 per 1,000. in that same time period. Even between 2018 and 2019 there was a precipitous drop from 157 pregnancies to girls age 10 -17 to 199 pregnancies- or a 24% reduction in just one year.

Nationally, the rate of teen pregnancy is at an historic low. For ages 15-19 , it was 17.4 per 1,000 teenage girls ages 15 -19 in the US compared to 13.4 in Maine for these older teens. Teen Birth Rates Ages 15-19

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Definitions: The number/rate of all reported live births, induced abortions, and fetal deaths occurring to females ages 10-17 at the state level.

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

Footnotes: Teen pregnancy includes the number of births, as well as induced abortions and fetal deaths.

Updated December 2020