Repeat births to mothers ages 15-19 is the number of births to 15-19 year olds where the mother had already had at least one previous birth. It is expressed as a percentage of births to mothers 15-19.
Teen pregnancy is a critical public health issue that affects the health, educational, social and economic future of the mother and child. Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a host of other critical social issues as well: welfare dependency, out-of-wedlock births, responsible fatherhood, and workforce development in particular. Adolescents are less likely to seek out prenatal care because they are afraid or embarrassed. This phenomenon and the immature physical nature of adolescents results in higher rates of low birth weight babies than in other age groups. As the offspring of adolescent mothers grow, they are more apt than children born to older women to have health and cognitive problems, and to be the victims of neglect or abuse.
In 2019, in Alachua County, the percent of total births 15-19 that were Repeat Births to Mothers Ages 15-19 (All) was 11.2 compared to Florida at 14.1. Since the oldest age of the mother at birth varies, an ending age of 999 is used to retrieve all records up to and including the oldest age.
Alachua County is in the second quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, the situation occurs more often in about half of the counties, and it occurs less often in about one quarter of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. It is shown when there are at least 51 counties with data for this measure.Links: Healthy People 2030|Florida Health Resources
Repeat Births to Mothers Ages 15-19, Age 15-19, Percent of Total Births 15-19, 2019
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Repeat Births to Mothers Ages 15-19, Age 15-19, Single Year