Change Indicator

Repeat teen pregnancies in Maine

Repeat teen pregnancies

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Adolescent childbearing can carry health, economic, and social consequences for mothers and their children.  According to the federal health and human services government office, having more than one child as a teen can further limit the teen mother's ability to finish her education or get a job. Infants born from a repeat teen birth are often born too small or too soon, which can lead to more health problems for the baby. Adolescent childbearing

What the data shows

Nationally, in 2019, 15% of births to teen mothers were repeat births. Repeat teen births, 2019

Since the Maine data is about pregnancies, not births, the data shown here is not comparable with national data.  In Maine, the number of repeat pregnancies declined from 208 repeat pregnancies to females under age 20 in 2021 to 139 in 2022. This number, though, was higher than was the case for 2018-2021. The percent of all teen pregnancies in Maine that are repeat teen pregnancies was 26.4% in 2022.  This was the highest since at least 2009. In 2020 and 2021, the rate was 20.4% and 21.2% respectively.
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Definition and Source



The number of females under age 20 who became pregnant and who had already been pregnant at least once before in their lives.  These data are also reported as a percent of teen pregnancies. These data represent calendar years. 


Includes births, abortions, fetal deaths for both the first pregnancy and the subsequent pregnancy.

Last Updated

February 2024