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The Importance of Prevention

In 2012, a total of 305,388 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 29.4 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 6% from 2011. Birth rates fell 8% for women aged 15–17 years, and 5% for women aged 18–19 years. While reasons for the declines are not clear, teens seem to be less sexually active, and more of those who are sexually active seem to be using birth control than in previous years.


Teen Pregnancy Prevention Topics

About Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy and childbearing bring substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention 2010–2015

CDC is partnering with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to reduce teenage pregnancy and address disparities.

Social Media Tools

These free, easy-to-use communication tools can expand the reach of your health messages and help increase public engagement.

Parent and Guardian Resources

Your teen needs your help in understanding his or her feelings, peer pressure, and how to say no if he or she does not want to have sex.

For Health Care Providers

As a health care provider, you play a critical role in further reducing teen pregnancy rates through the care you provide to your adolescent patients.

For Teens

This Web page is especially for teens and designed with input from teens.

Guidance Publications

Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using Getting to Outcomes [PDF - 312KB]
This program has developed a clear process for building the capacity of our national, regional, and state-level grantees. Grantees give tailored trainings and technical assistance to their local partners who deliver science-based teen pregnancy prevention programs at the community level. The process is called Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using Getting to Outcomes (PSBA-GTO) and is described in this document. It integrates the guidance and tools for program planning, implementation, and evaluation and is designed for the teen pregnancy prevention field.



CDC Vital Signs™ – 1 in 4, More than 1 in 4 girls who gave birth were ages 15 to 17, before teens typically complete high school.



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