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Decline in Teen Birth Rates

December 18, 2014 - Family Planning - Information

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The New Mexico Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 2013 vital records data reveals a 10% drop in one year (2012 to 2013) in the state’s birth rates for both 15-17 and 18-19 year old teens.

The decline is the latest in what has been a substantial decrease in teen birth rates in New Mexico in the last 15 years. Birth rates for teens between the ages of 15 to 17 years old have fallen 56% since 1998. Birth rates for teens 18-19 years of age have also fallen 36% from a rate of 108.8 to 69.3 per 1,000 females in that age group.

Despite the latest year-to-year decrease, the New Mexico teen birth rates continue to be above the national rates in each teen age group. According to a 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report (the most recent data available), New Mexico has the highest birth rates for teenagers, ages 15-19, in the nation.

“Though we have made progress in reducing teen pregnancy over the past 15 years, still far too many teens are having babies. Teen pregnancy significantly increases school dropout rates, poverty, and poor health outcomes for mother and child,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Preventing teen pregnancy protects the health and quality of life of teenagers and their families. Reducing teen pregnancies is one of the Department’s priorities.”

New Mexico’s teen pregnancy prevention programs include:

Other findings in the new 2013 vital records data center on the number of deaths statewide:

Please visit the Teen Family Planning section of our website to learn more.


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