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Young teen pregnancy in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Teen childbearing can carry health, economic, and social consequences for mothers and their children. Teen pregnancy and childbirth contribute significantly to dropout rates among high school females, increased health and foster care costs, and a wide range of developmental problems for children born to teen mothers.  Teen pregnancy prevention efforts require involvement of families, service providers, schools, faith- and community-based organizations, policymakers, and youth.

What the data shows
The number of young teen pregnancies ages 10 to17 has fallen by 75% since 2008, from
606 in 2008 to 146 in 2020. The rate of young teen pregnancy per 1,000 girls ages 10 to 17 in Maine has fallen from 9.4 per 1,000 to 2.6 per 1,000. in that same time period. However, the number of young teen pregnancies rose between 2019 to 2020 from 119 to 146. Still, this is the second lowest number from the last 20 years.  

Nationally, the rate of teen pregnancy is at an historic low. For ages 15 to19, it was 16.7 per 1,000 teenage girls ages 15 to 19 in the US in 2019 compared to 9.1 in Maine for these older teens. For 2019, Maine's birth rate for ages 15 to 19 was the 6th lowest in the country. Teen Birth Rates Ages 15-19

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The number/rate of all reported live births, induced abortions, and fetal deaths occurring to females ages 10 to 17 at the state level.


Teen pregnancy includes the number of births, as well as induced abortions and fetal deaths.

Updated March 2022

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March 2022