Teen pregnancy stats; effect on community

September 4, 2008 9:54:29 AM PDT
Politics aside, when teen pregnancy is highlighted in the media- as well as movies- how does it impact dialogue with teens on the subject? Annette Caruso, a social worker at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has the insight on the trends- and information on how to have an open conversation with children.

  • About one-third of girls in the United States get pregnant before age 20.
  • In 2006, a total of 435,427 infants were born to mothers aged 15-19 years.
  • In 2006, birth rates increased for the first time for girls aged 15-19, from 40.5 per 1,000 women in 2005 to 41.9.
  • For girls age 18-19, the rate of births is more than three times higher, at 73 births per 1,000 women.