Teen PregnancyWhat are the statistics on teenage pregnancies?
Very young mothers (10-14 years old)
Read the report Births to 10-14 Year-Old Mothers, 1990-2002: Trends and Health Outcomes.
This report, Births to 10 to 14 Year-Old Mothers, 1990-2002: Trends and Health Outcomes, is the first ever analysis of births to this group of very young mothers, and was prepared by the CDC`s National Center for Health Statistics.
About two in five of the pregnancies among 10-14 year olds in 2000 ended in a live birth,
two in five ended in induced abortion, and about one in six ended in a fetal loss. These proportions have been fairly stable since national pregnancy estimates began in 1976.
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Teen pregnancy - Some numbers
In 1995, 1 in 20
of Washington State`s teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 17 became pregnant;
8 in 10
fathers of children born to teen mothers do not marry the mothers.
Only 1 in 5 teen
mothers receive any financial support from their child's father.
1 in 7
teen mothers drop out of high school, making pregnancy the primary reason young women drop out early. Only 30% of teen mothers complete high school by age 30, compared to 76% of women who delay parenthood until age 21 or older.
1 in 35
had a baby (3,121 births). Of those giving birth, 17 percent had a prior pregnancy.
The pregnancy rate for 15 to 17 year old teens in Washington State has been declining since the late 1980s.
The abortion rate has also declined.
Teen mothers Links
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- America's Pregnancy Helpline Practical support and education about pregnancy, options, sexual health, and paternity. Includes section specifically for teens.
- Girl-Mom Stories and essays by teen parents, and a discussion forum.
- GravityTeen Offers real life stories concerning abortion and pregnancy issues.
- Inwood House Helps young people take charge of their lives and achieve healthy adulthood and self-reliance by encouraging responsible sexual choices. Organization and program information available.
- Mary's Shelter - Teen Pregnancy Provides a residential home for adolescent teens. State licensed not-for-profit agency serving young pregnant women in need of a residence.
- Mom I'm Pregnant Presenting guidance and ideas from teenagers who have decided to continue their pregnancies. Includes FAQ and a list of shelters across the USA.
- Parenting Youths Site for young/teen people who are parenting or pregnant. It is run by a young parent and covers many pregnancy and parenting issues.
- StandUpGirl Provides facts, videos and photographs to support and encourage teens with unexpected pregnancies. Also includes personal stories and testimonials. [Some features require Flash]
- Girl-Mom Provides articles, information, resources and postive discussion for teenaged mothers.
- One Young Parent Information and support for teen parents and those who know them. Also information on Cartersville, GA support group.
- Power for Parenting Parenting advice and support from a child and adolescent psychologist.
- RoseWave Provides suggestions for dealing with young adults and offers ideas for letting them know they are loved.
- Teenage and Young Adult Parents Resources Listings of and links to articles, agencies, organizations and websites to find information and resources for teenagers and young adults who are parents.
- Teenage Parents Chat Room Chat with other teenage parents about pregnancy, dating, coping with despondent children, and other issues associated with single parenting.
- Three Hearts Infant Massage for Teenage Parents A 40-minute video for teen parent programs in school, residential, clinic, or community health settings.
- Topics for Teen Parents Features brief snippets on topics important to know for being a parent.
- Young Dads Discussion list especially for young fathers - no mothers allowed. Open to talk about anything of interest to young fathers.
- The Young Mommies Community Offers a variety of resources for young (under 25) mothers. Webrings and chat groups, as well as banner and link exchanges.
- Young Mums To Be (UK) 12 week course to enable and support young parents through their pregnancy by promoting parenting skills and life planning in a supportive group environment. Piloted for two years in Gloucester, UK.
- Young Positive Parents Created for young parents by young moms and dads. Message boards, chat, tons of parenting links, pregnancy answers, and parenting advice. Young dads area too.
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821 days ago.
TV show I am doing is using a Baby expert friend. We are looking for a teen girl that is expecting to help out! If you live in NY, NJ, CT this could be great! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! BreeBeeNBaby
841 days ago.
Hi i am Bree, I am 15 i am 17 weeks and honestly it was a mistake and but i don't regret being pregnant. email@example.com
976 days ago.
Hey Guys ! Im a teen mother . I was 14 when I gave birth to my son , now I am 17 about to turn 18 and im pregnant again :) riarios
1192 days ago.
I'm 19, and am 9 weeks, 2 days pregnant. I had a tragic miscarriage at 5 weeks just a few months ago in December. My baby is due November 21--5 days before my own birthday. I'm engaged, with a set date to get married this August before the baby comes. My parents are excited to be grandparents, but admittedly a bit disappointed that my fiance and I are only 19. My fiance and I are both in college, and are going to keep going to school until we graduate. We want to provide the best life possible for our baby. marlieke
1193 days ago.
Hello everyone! My name is Marlieke and I am the sister of a woman who was a teen mother. She spurred me to wanting to change the face and stereotypes of teen moms out there and so I am doing a research project in hopes of giving credit where credit is deserved!
If any of you gave birth to a child before the age of 21 and have 5 minutes, it would be the best favor for you to fill out the quick questionnaire-and you'd be helping out all those out there as well!
Again, this would be so appreciated and would not take long. The link is here- https://nlpsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_efwCskl3fYRra1S
Thank you! lauramcneir
1200 days ago.
Hi Girls! Just popping in from week 29 and advanced maternal age..and pregnant again after 14 years. I was a teen mom at 16. I had my second at 19 and my third at 21. Now at age 36, I am pregnant with my 4th. A lot has changed over the last 20 years (my oldest is 19..daughter and two boys ages 14 and 17). I stayed in school..high school, community college, university, grad school. I was lucky to have the support of my family and 2nd husband at the time but there are lots of programs to keep you in school! bloodyb
1267 days ago.
Im a pregnant teen mom w/ my first of course cant say it was a mistake but im very excited now its a boy =) im bout to pop next month on the 23rd yey! nicki90
1276 days ago.
having one of those days.... realizing that i'm still young and i still have a lot of growing up to do, just sitting and listening to good music crying my heart out today.... feels pretty good FarisMama
1288 days ago.
hey girls just wanted to tell you all congrats and to hang in there! I was 17 when I had my first and am 19 now and pregnant with another...,my boyfriend has a daughter from a previous..so that makes 3 for me :) best advice? continue your education..you cannot do anything greater for your child than get your education and get a good strong career. I am in college working my way to become a nurse practitioner...you can do it :) good luck to all of you! RoxxyAngel
1294 days ago.
My name is Roxy, I'm 17 (18 in April) and I just found out a little over a week ago that I'm pregnant. I have only told my closest friend, who almost had a fit about it, and I know I can't tell my family until I have new living arrangements. The real problem is how to tell the father because we have a different kind of relationship. Intercontinental long distance. I have no idea how to tell him or what reaction to expect, and for the first time in my life I will confess that I'm actually scared, terrified in fact. I don't how this will go over at my job or with my bands and I'm terrified of losing both, I'm terrified of losing my boyfriend, and I'm scared to death of losing my family and friends. jessica62980
1304 days ago.
I found out thanksgiving day that my 14 year old is pg, I took her to the dr and it is for sure she is. She has had 2 us and is due end of july first of aug. I am so mad but not because of her having a baby but because she is just not going to take care of it she dont even care for her own room. I am due to have my 5 in 12 more days and I told her I would help her if she was to do the right thing (school,stay with baby, build a future for herself) but I dont see her changing and it makes me so sad because I want her to one day be able to give my grand baby the world and I also want her to be happy in her life and if she dont finish school and has to live on the state she will not be happy. What do I do all we do is fight now help me please understand why she dont care as much as me it is her baby after all and I will be the one caring for it feeding it buying its dipers and by the way she will not even tell the daddy or tell me who he is so it will be me and my hubby who will have to care for it. Help I am so sad at te thought of her life being over and mine to because now I will have to care for a 6 mon old and a new born mavis mummy
1311 days ago.
i am like stacey also...
im 18 - 19 in march
i am engaged
i live abroad in northern cyprus with my fiancee we have a 3 bedroom villa with a private pool and we own 2 cars... now someone tell me why being a young mum is a bad thing?
we plan to marry shortly after the new year and yet people stick their noses up at these so called teen pregnancies.. just because there the letter t e e n pronounced at the end of our age doeswnt mean someone of 20 or 30 is going to be a better parent. the youner the better is wot my friends midwife told her... obviously not talking baout 14 and 16... but will u be playing with ur son in the garden running around in 5 years time wen ur 35... hmmm i no i certainly will ;) letters.sodas
1332 days ago.
Congradulations Taylor! I was 17 when I got pregnant, and I had my son 3 days after I turned 18. I was on this site when I was pregnant and just recently came back ( its REALLY great). My son is 3 now and I just want you to know that your life plans do NOT have to stop, they just need to be put on hold. NOTHING is harder then parenting but its so rewarding. In highschool I wanted to be a nurse, and 3.5 years out I'm back on track and in the RN program. Its not easy but if your willing to work your behind off you'll get there ( having support from your family is amazing!) Good luck. :) colleen123
1342 days ago.
hi taylor!! congrats on ur news! i would just like to say that i myself was a teen mom. i had my daughter when i was 17, shes 9 now!! time flies. anywho, i know its hard being young and having to deal with pregnancy whilst alot of your friends are all off a college and school goin out and having fun. but my daughter was the best thing that ever happened to me. i split with her dad when she was 15 months old as he was a cheater!! i put that down to bein young and immature. but she still to this day spends her weekends with him, he was 3 other children now who she adores. altho its hard its the most rewarding thing in the whole world being a mom. u talk about ur mom , u sound like u have alot of support around you. i wish u a happy pregnancy and hope all goes well xxxx TaylorRenee
1342 days ago.
Hi everyone, My names Taylor.I am 17. This site is new to me, my mom suggested it. I just found out i was pregnant about almost a week ago. Me and Matt(the dad) have been together two years. Im not gonna lie, at first i was very upset because i am very into sports, but i guess i started thinking about my future, and now i just think positive about it. If the baby is a boy, i like the name Braylen wayne. If the baby is a girl i like the name Brooklyn Jade. Now that im thinking positive i just cant wait for the baby to get here! Laura Ward
1348 days ago.
If the post had any type of negative wording, it was deleted. I removed several rude comments. Others only had a line or two of possibly offensive and judgmental wording. If it did not fall into either of these categories, it may have just gotten deleted on accident as this forum was cleaned up. Thank you for being supportive to the teen moms in need. mommakass
1348 days ago.
I am a little upset that my last post was deleted? I was looking forward to being able to help any moms to be get threw pregnancy with my experience of being pregnant before.. Laura Ward
1349 days ago.
Members and visitors of the teen pregnancy forum: In order to keep the site friendly and welcoming for all members, please refrain from posting rude, harassing, judgmental or otherwise inappropriate comments on the site. Continuing to do so will result in the deletion of your account. Thank you. 3rdXMommy
1349 days ago.
Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable, but it takes a community to be sure the teen knows whats going on. When or if you have children and you don't tell them how a baby is made, or what sex is, then how can you expect them not to get pregnant. Parents/caregivers should be educating and so should everyone else in a teens life. No one in my life, said sex would lead to a baby. My parents did not provide a roof over my head so a man took advantage of that and I got pregnant. I did not know what sex was let alone knew a baby came from it. Tattooed - there is no reason to get angry about the word judgemental, I was not reffering to you, I was reffering to the people in my life at that time. Any yes they were all being very judgemental. xstaceytpx
1349 days ago.
i am 17 (18 next month) and pregnant! i am happy about my PLANNED baby. my partner and i have been together for 3 years, we have our own place, and he has a stable job while i am still studying. i don't think young mums should be slated because the can still give the baby what everyone else can! love...
i love being pregnant and i can't wait to have my baby x 3rdXMommy
1350 days ago.
I was pregnant with my oldest son when I was 14, I take full responsibility for my choice but would have appreciated just one adult to let me know what was happening and how to get through it. I was hated by everyone I knew. Especially my parents, my friends were no longer allowed to speak to or hang out with the 'pregnant teen' Honest to God, I did not know the outcome of my actions at the time. Wish more people were understanding and not so judgemental :) veronikalg
1441 days ago.
hello ladies, being a teen n pregnant is the scariest thing but you girls are strong and will care for your beautiful babies. 6teenanpregnant
1441 days ago.
Lauraphillips- how far along are you exactly? im also 16 and i am 8 weeks pregnant. scary right? veronikalg
1449 days ago.
6teenanpregnant: Girly, being pregnant is the most beautiful thing in the world, but at a young age some girls struggle and some have it good. but being pregnant at a young age benifits you from enjoying the 'teenage' life after, you know, well thats unless you know you are ready to give that up, its really hard. i can relate to you becuase when i was 17 i got pregnant for my first time, it was so hard to tell my parents, they were so disappointed in me..they wanted me to live my teenage years than to spend it raising a baby, unfortunately i was having such a rough time with my bf and was living with him, i ended up havng a miscarriage due to complications. it was painful becuase i accepted having a child and was willing to do the best for my child. With that space for my baby gone me and my bf tried sometimes to see if i would get pregnant again and really there was no luck..for a whole year straight i attempted to get pregnant and nothing..finally this year i gave up and went to see my doctor to get a permanent birth control put it and usually tey ask you questions if you think your pregnant..and i said no because i believed i wasnt..and so on, they made me take a urine sample..and the doc came back in and told me news..that i was pregnant..i was shocked and started crying..tears of joy =] i was about 7 weeks along..it was a crazy feeling. i had told my boyfriend when i came out and now were excited to become parents to my first born son. im am 22 weeks along and its been a crazy ride of pregnancy, in good and bad ways but each day im thankful for everything, and soooo nervous to meet my son as now i think im already half way through my pregnancy. Girl, congrats on your baby! your going to be a great mommy, enjoy the baby ride =] jmuncy
1449 days ago.
Hi ladies- I was also a teen mom. I had my daughter who is now 4 at 16 and then turned 17 a month later. I was very luck to have a VERY supportive family and boyfriend. We are now married and I also have a 5 month old son now. I work at a credit union as an executive assistant. We bought nice newer cars, and also bought a home when I was 18 and he was 20. So to me even though I had my daughter young I think that I am very successful. She was my saving grace when I went through some hard times in my life. I will say it is certainly going to be hard but YOU can do it. There is so much help out there for you, you just have to look for it! (((HUGS)))