The good news is that the rate of teenage pregnancies has been on a steady year-over-year decline. The bad news – The sheer numbers of teen births remains far higher than most would expect and the consequences for both young mothers and their precious babies are heartbreaking and long-lasting.
According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Guttmacher Institute and other research agencies, three in 10 American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s upwards of 750,000 teen pregnancies each year. And nearly a quarter of teen moms will have a second child within 24 months of delivering their firstborn.
While reality shows like MTV’s Teen Mom may make pseudo-celebrities of girls having babies while still in high school. But the true reality is far, far different for those who aren’t on television.