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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 78% since 2008, from
606 in 2008 to 132 in 2022. 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 2.3 per 1,000. in that same time period. The lowest number of young teen pregnancies was 119 in 2019.

Nationally, the rate of teen pregnancy is at an historic low. For ages 15 to17, it was 5.5 per 1,000 teenage girls in 2022 and 13.5 for age 15-19 . CDC Provisional 2022 Data for Teen Birth Rates. Maine's rate from this source in 2021 was 7.8 for births by females age 15-19. The six lowest teen birth rates in the country were found in the six New England states. Maine and Rhode Island ranked tied for 5th nationwide in 2021 for the lowest teen birth rates.

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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.

Last Updated

January 2024