Goal: Saginaw County will reduce the teenage pregnancy rate to federal levels.
There are three measures: 1) rate of teen pregnancies per 1,000 female ages 15 to 19; 2) percentage of births to teens under the age of 20; and 3) percentage of repeat teen births ages 15 to 19.
Why This Indicator is Important
High teen pregnancy and birth rates remain a priority concern for Saginaw County. When teens have children, numerous medical and financial issues arise. Teen mothers are less likely to complete school, more likely to be single parents, and most live a life of poverty. In addition, daughters of teenage mothers are less likely to get early and regular prenatal care. Children of teen mothers are at a high risk for low‐birth weight, which could lead to serious health problems.
How Are We Doing?
Between 2009 and 2011, teen pregnancy rates increased in Saginaw County and have remained above 60 pregnancies per 1,000 females ages 15-19, about 10% to a high of 15% above the Michigan average and 25% above national averages. The percentage of births to teens under 20 years of age remained at about 14%, about 5% the state and national averages. The data also shows that 20% to 22% of women ages 15-19 in Saginaw County who have given birth will have a second birth, about 2% to 3% above state and national averages.
How Can You Have An Impact?
- Be interested in what interests your children.
- Become a youth mentor.
- Talk to youth about the importance of abstaining from sex or being responsible if sexually active.
- Encourage other adults and parents to be part of the solution.