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Births to Teen Mothers

Births to Lincoln teen mothers is the same as the national rate
Teenage girls who give birth are more likely to drop out of high school and more likely to be in poverty. Research suggests that children born to teen mothers are more likely to be low birth weight, have long-term health problems, and have worse educational outcomes; these issues are likely the result of associated socio-economic (e.g. poverty) and cultural issues rather than the actual fact of young motherhood.6

  • Both Lincoln and national rates of births to teen mothers have declined in the past decade.
  • In Lincoln, the rate of births to teen mothers (aged 15 to 19 years of age) has fluctuated, some years much higher than the national rate and other years much lower.
  • Lincoln’s average rate since 2005 mirrors the national rate (22 births per 1,000 women 15 to 19 years of age).
Footnotes

6. Geronimus, A. T., & Korenman, S. (1993). Maternal youth or family background? On the health disadvantages of infants with teenage mothers. American Journal of Epidemiology, 137(2), 213-225.