Teen Pregnancy in Nevada
Is teen pregnancy a problem in Nevada?
Is teen pregnancy a problem in Nevada?
Yes! The United States has the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates in the developed world.
In 2008, Nevada had the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the U.S.2 at 90 pregnancies per 1,000 teen girls aged 13-18 years old.
Although Nevada’s teen birth rate has decreased along with the rest of the United States, in 2013, Nevada teen birth rate was 30.3 births per 1,000 teen girls (aged 15-19).1
Teen Pregnancy Statistics in Nevada
- Eight teens give birth every day in Nevada.1
- In 2011, 3.048 Nevadans between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth.1
- 621 of those births – about 20% of the total – were not the teen’s first.1
- In 2010, teen pregnancy cost Nevadan tax payers $68 million.2
- In certain zip codes of Clark County, teen birth rates are above the national average of 24 births per 1,000 teen girls ages 15-19.3
Cost of Teen Pregnancy to Tax Payers4
- $9.4 billion: The cost to taxpayers (federal, state, and local) in 2010 alone associated with teen childbearing in the United States.
- 372,000: The number of births to women under the age of 20 in 2010.
- $1,682: The average annual cost to taxpayers associated with a child born to a teen mother during each year from birth to age 15.
The Social and Health Risks of Unplanned Pregnancy to Teen Mothers5
- Pregnant teens are at higher risk of not receiving prenatal care.
- Pregnant teens are at higher risk for pregnancy anemia, induced hypertension and preeclampsia, conditions that can damage organs and disrupt the growth of the fetus.
- Teen mothers are more likely than older women to practice unsafe sex and unhealthy behaviors during pregnancy such as smoking and abusing drugs and alcohol.
- Teen mothers are at higher risk for depression while pregnant and for postpartum depression.
- Teen mothers often lack appropriate parenting skills, increasing the risk for child neglect and abuse.
- The parents of teen mothers face increased financial and emotional pressures as a result of the pregnancy.
Health Risks for Children Born to Teen Mothers6
Children born to teen mothers:
- Have an increased risk for being born premature.
- Have an increased risk for being born at a low or very low birthweight. Low birthweight babies are at higher risk for death in their first year, brain and organ damage and cognitive problems.
- Are less likely to be breastfed, resulting in increased odds of chronic diseases such as asthma, ear infections, gastrointestinal disorders and obesity.
- Are more likely to be from a single parent household and to be raised in poverty.
- Are more likely to become teen parents themselves.
- Sons of teen mothers are more likely to end up involved in the juvenile justice system.
For more information on teen pregnancies, cost of teen childbearing, and teen births, please visit The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: http://thenationalcampaign.org/sites/default/files/resource-supporting-download/nv_summary_for_hill_0.pdf.
- Source: Public Health Response to Teen Pregnancy in Nevada. (2014). Nevada Legislature Legislative Committee on Health Care, 2014.
- Source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy http://thenationalcampaign.org/data/state/nevada
- Source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy http://thenationalcampaign.org/data/landing
- Source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy http://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/counting-it-key-data-2013
- Source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy http://thenationalcampaign.org/why-it-matters
- Source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy http://thenationalcampaign.org/sites/default/files/resource-primary-download/childbearing-infant-health.pdf
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Updated on: October 10, 2018