Welsh bacc teenage pregnancy presentation
A teen pregnancy is defined as a teenage or underage girl usually within the ages of 13-19 becoming pregnant. The term in everyday speech usually refers to women who have not yet reached legal adulthood.
The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world, 1 in 3 teenage girls under 19 years old will become pregnant, however in England and Wales we have reached a new record.
Office for National Statistics data show the under-18 conception rate is the lowest since 1969 at 27.9 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17.
This is a drop of 10% on the previous year, but experts say it is not enough to bring the UK in line with other western European countries.
For pregnant teens between the ages of 15 to 17, 16% will suffer fetal losses, 28% will have induced abortions and 56% actually give birth but this includes babies given up for adoption.
Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school.
In a survey taken in 2011, 200 girls were asked about their first time having sex and 92% said they wished they had waited and felt pressured by their partners to have sex.
A sexually active teen who doesn't use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year and almost 50% of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives.
Research shows that 8 out of 10 teen dads don't marry the mother of their child and about 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby.
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