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 children. The children of teen mothers 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 the region performing?
In 2014, there were 12 live births per 1,000 teen females in the region, below the state (excluding NYC) and national rates of 14 and 24, respectively. The regional rate has decreased 54% from 25 in 2000, in line with state and national trends. As of 2014, Orange County has consistently had the highest rates in the region: 15 in 2014 compared to 11 in Ulster and 8 in Dutchess.
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.