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Did you know that 3 in 10 teen girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once before they turn 20 years old? (“Teen Pregnancy”). Or that most teenagers want to be pregnant before they are 20 years old. In 2009 approximately 410,00 teens aged 15-19 gave birth in the United States and the teen birth rate remains higher than other developing countries (“Pazol”). The most shocking news to many teens having kids is that childbearing cost the United States about 9 billion annually and that the national teen birth rate was 39.1 birth per 1,000 and 37% decrease from 61.8 per 1,000 lowest in all records (“Pazol”).
United States Top countries with highest teenage pregnancies include USA. United States has highest teenage pregnancy rate according to 2013 statistics of 52.1 per 1000 of female’s population age group of around 15-19. Almost that makes 89% of pregnancies outside of the marriage. This is unsupportive act and the OAH’s Pregnancy Assistant Fund is avoiding repeat teenage pregnancies in States and also tribes. Summary – TOP COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST TEENAGE PREGNANCIES Serial TOP COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST TEENAGE PREGNANCIES 1 United States 2 United Kingdom 3 New Zealand 4 Slovakia 5 Hungary 6 Iceland 7 Portugal 8 Canada 9 Poland 10 Ireland
Web. Hamilton, B. E., J. A. Martin, and S. J. Ventura. "Trends in Teen Pregnancy and Childbearing." The Office of Adolescent Health/OAH, 2013.
Pregnancy is a natural condition that usually brings joy, positively changing people’s lives. While pregnancy is seen as a welcomed transition to motherhood for many women, unplanned pregnancies can be traumatic. For teens especially, an unplanned pregnancy is not harmless. Analysis by (Medoff, 2010) shows that 90% of teens become pregnant yearly unintentionally and half of these pregnancies result in a live birth (p. 1). Also about 750,000 teenagers become pregnant at least ounce before turning 20 (Dorlisa & shandler, 2011).
In the developed countries, teenage pregnancy occurs outside of marriage, thus leads to the development of social stigma in variety of cultures and communities (Carlson, 2009). Teen pregnancies often carry additional health risks to the baby and the mother. Basically, they lack timely and suitable prenatal care hence posses a higher risk for pregnancy related complications such as the high blood pressure. The mother also risks the life of the baby due to the premature birth. The teen mother experiences a tremendous dilemma after realizing that some physical changes are substantiating her pregnancy.
Why would they take on this role of motherhood when they themselves still depend on the assistance of their own parental figures? Shockingly, adolescent children becoming parents is not uncommon in america. In fact, the United States has the highest adolescent pregnancy rate of any industrialized country. With 7% of female adolescents aged 15-19 years old becoming pregnant annually, (Mckelvey, 2012) it is a percentage much higher than it should be. Although this is a number that has decreased over the past few years due to American recognition of the problem, it is still a percentage that is higher than any other nation.
Did you know three out of ten girls in the United States will get pregnant before the age of 20? Or that eight out of ten fathers don’t stay with the mother (“Teen Pregnancy”)? About 750,000 girls from the age of fifteen to nineteen years old get pregnant every year (Suellentrop). Teen pregnancy is a big issue and needs to be addressed, and can maybe even be prevented. Pregnancy among teens not only affects the lives of the parents, but also the child’s life in a negative way.
The teenage birth rate is still the second-highest in Oklahoma even though it has decreased throughout the years (Muchmore). Even though Oklahoma’s teen birth rate has decreased, there are still several teenagers becoming pregnant every day. This shows that something needs to be done in Oklahoma in order for the birth rate to decline. An article called “Teen Pregnancy Prevention” stated, “Three in 10 girls will be pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday. One in five teen moms will have a second child during her teen years.” These numbers are extremely high.