Live Births to Teen Mothers
What does this measure?
The number of live births among females ages 15 to 19, expressed as a percentage of females in that age group.
Why is this important?
Not only can teenage pregnancy derail a young woman's life, it also has far-reaching effects on their children. The children are at risk of a variety of developmental and health problems and are more likely to have lower school achievement or drop out of school. Daughters of teenage mothers are more likely to give birth as teenagers themselves and sons are more likely to be incarcerated.
How is Orange County performing?
In 2014, there were 15 live births per 1,000 teen females in Orange County, slightly higher than the state (excluding NYC) rate but below the national rate of 24. The county rate has experienced declines similar to state and national trends, falling 50% since 2000. Orange County consistently had the highest rate of babies born to teen mothers in the region, above Dutchess and Ulster (8 and 11, respectively, in 2014).
Notes about the data
Rates do not represent a unique count of births-a female may have more than one live birth within a given year. Multiple births, such as twins or triplets, are counted as one live birth.