May 4th is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
The National Day is organized by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to bring attention to the both the strides made in reducing teen pregnancy rates and the importance of teens thinking carefully about sex, relationships, contraception, the possibility of pregnancy and the lifelong challenges of being a parent
Stayteen.org has a national day quiz and other activities for teens to participate in.
While the teen birth rate has declined nationwide and here in Florida, we still have a long way to go:
- Teenagers, ages 15 to 19 years old who gave birth, represented 9.9 percent of all Northeast Florida births in 2009 but accounted for a higher proportion of poor health outcomes.
- Mothers ages 19 and under were more likely than their older counterparts to experience fetal and infant deaths, receive late or no prenatal care and have pre-term and low birth weight babies.
- Teen pregnancy has a significant economic impact on society. An analysis from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy estimates that teen childbearing (ages 19 and under) in Florida costs taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $481 million in 2004. Most of the costs stemmed from public health care, child welfare, incarceration and lost tax revenue.
- Daughters of teen mothers are more likely to become teen parents themselves and sons of teen mothers are more likely to be incarcerated.
- Nearly one out of five teenagers in Northeast Florida who has a baby will become pregnant again before leaving her teens. Additional births multiply the difficulties experienced by teen mothers.