NH DHHS - Recognizes National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

State Has Lowest Teen and Repeat Teen Birth Rates

Concord, NH – New Hampshire’s teen birth rate remains the lowest and can

now claim the lowest teen repeat birth rate, as well. The New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recognizing May as

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, which is aimed at raising

awareness about the impacts of teen pregnancy and education about

prevention. According to a recent Vital Signs report of teen births issued

by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 lowest category, below 15%.

In 2012, the teen birth rate for New Hampshire girls ages 15-19 was 13.8

out of every 1,000. In other words, fewer than 2% of 15- to 19-year-olds in

the State, or about 634, gave birth. Age-appropriate conversations about

healthy relationships should begin with both boys and girls early in a

child's life and continue through adolescence. New Hampshire should be

proud of its families and teens for the choices they have made.

New Hampshire’s success can also be attributed to a combination of national

trends, smart investments, and New Hampshire’s policies that make it easier

for teens to avoid getting pregnant or causing a pregnancy. Increased use

of effective contraceptives is the primary factor in teen pregnancy

declines, according to a February 2013 report by the Guttmacher Institute.

The report also showed a small increase in the number of younger teens

waiting longer to become sexually active. New Hampshire’s Title X Family

Planning services have long served as a valuable resource in providing

comprehensive reproductive health education and services to New Hampshire


“This is a complicated and multi-faceted issue,” said Dr. José Montero,

Director of Public Health at DHHS, “but as a state and a nation we are

seeing improvements. Although about 750,000 teen girls in the U.S. each

year learn they are pregnant, this represents a continuing decline since

2012. Though many factors may be at play, it illustrates that education and

public health intervention make a difference.”

New Hampshire has also made a concerted effort to place prevention

resources in the most high-need counties and with the most at-risk groups.

The Personal Responsibility Education Program funds teen pregnancy

prevention services in the City of Manchester and Sullivan County. The

target population is 17- to 19-year-old females and/or pregnant and

parenting females up to age 21. FOCUS: Preventing Sexually Transmitted

Infections and Unwanted Pregnancies among Young Women is the curriculum

being used in both communities. The goal of this program is to provide a

curriculum-based intervention to educate young people on issues such as

responsible behavior, relationships, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted

disease (STD) prevention and to promote healthy behavior and responsible

decision-making in the lives of young women.

For more information about teen pregnancy and prevention, visit the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Teen Pregnancy and

Childbearing webpage at


, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/AboutTeenPreg.htm#resource , or the NH Department

of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.nh.gov. To read more about

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month go to


To read the entire CDC Vital Signs Report—Preventing Repeat Teen Births,

visit www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/TeenPregnancy/index.html  To view the

Guttmacher report visit