Friday, October 7, 2016

The 2015 teen birth rate fell to another historic low for the United States.

According to a new report  from National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and Data from the National Vital Statistics System, the birth rate for teenagers aged 15–19 has fallen almost continuously since 1991, reaching historic lows for the nation every year since 2009.

The report highlights recent and long-term trends as well as health disparities found in teen childbearing. Childbearing by teenagers continues to be a matter of public concern.  Despite declines in all racial and ethnic groups, teen birth rates continue to vary considerably by race and ethnicity. Moreover, the U.S. teen birth rate remains higher than in other industrialized countries.

  • The teen birth rate declined to another historic low for the United States in 2015, down 8% from 2014 to 22.3 births per 1,000 females aged 15–19.
  • The birth rates for teenagers aged 15–17 and 18–19 declined in 2015 to 9.9 and 40.7, respectively, which are record lows for both groups.
  • In 2015, birth rates declined to 6.9 for Asian or Pacific Islander, 16.0 for non-Hispanic white, 25.7 for American Indian or Alaska Native, 31.8 for non-Hispanic black, and 34.9 for Hispanic female teenagers aged 15–19.
  • Birth rates fell to record lows for nearly all race and Hispanic-origin groups of females aged 15–19, 15–17, and 18–19 in 2015.

 Jefferson County Public Health’s Family Planning Program works to reduce teen pregnancy as well as to help individuals and families plan for healthy births when they are ready.  The program provides education, counseling, medical examination, treatment and birth control methods for men and women.

Family Planning (reproductive health and birth control) services are available at our Lakewood location at 645 Parfet Street, Lakewood, CO 80215. Most services are provided on a sliding fee scale. We are also able to bill Medicaid and several private insurances. No one is denied services due to inability to pay. Please call 303-239-7078 to make an appointment.

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