NH DHHS - According to CDC Data New Hampshire Has Lowest Rate of Repeat Teen Births

Concord, NH – According to a new Vital Signs report of teen births issued

by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today, New Hampshire has

the lowest rate in the nation of repeat births among teenagers. The report

states that nearly 1 in 5 births among teenagers are not their first child.

The rate in New Hampshire is in the below 15% category along with Maine,

New York, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont.

The study looked at births to girls ages 15-19 in 2010 in the U.S. Although

teen births are at historic lows, among the 364,859 births to teens in

2010, 18.3% were repeat births, with 85.7% of those being second children,

and 12.6% third children. Births to teen mothers present many potential

health, emotional, financial, and social consequences, such as an increased

rate of premature birth and low birth weight, and constraints on the

mother’s education and employment possibilities. Teen births can change the

health and lives of the mothers, the children, and families.

“The good news is that the rate of teen births in New Hampshire and in our

country is going down, but each teen birth still has an impact on our

families and in our communities.” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public

Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, “Data

such as this helps all of us in public health to determine what can be done

to make improvements. There is more we all can do to help prevent

unintended pregnancies.”

To read the entire report, go to www.cdc.gov/teenbirths . For more

information about the DHHS Division of Public Health Services and Maternal

and Child Health Program visit www.dhhs.nh.gov