Teen parenthood: the facts
Teen pregnancy downward trend
Teen pregnancies in England have declined by around 60% over the last ten years. Studies suggest this is because teens are spending more time with their families, and are drinking less alcohol than other generations.
Top of the table in Europe
Even though the rates if teenage pregnancy are reducing. The UK has the highest teenage birth and abortion rates in Western Europe.
One of the successful ways to prevent unplanned pregnancy has been through the working with young people to develop their knowledge, skills, resilience and aspirations. This has shown to help teens to delay sexual activity until they are better informed and have the confidence to plan safer sex.
Kick the habit
Studies show that mums under 20 are 3 times more likely to smoke throughout their pregnancy which can be unhealthy for both mum and baby.
Not using condoms
Young people aged 15 – 25 years also experience the highest rates of STIs in the UK.
Being a teen parent
Teenage parents face the same challenges as other parents do, with extra challenges on top, like finishing school or college while looking after a baby. Or feeling judged. Regardless what age you are when you become a parent, it will be a tough job but being a teen parent does not make you a bad parent.
If you are a young person and you think you might be pregnant but you’re not sure, it’s important to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible to find out.
Whatever your age, you can also ask for confidential advice from:
- your GP or practice nurse
- a contraception or sexual health clinic
- NHS 111 – available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year