St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Teen birthrates are on the decline nationally and the City of St. Louis is no different.
Between 1991 and 2010, national birthrates for teenage mothers have declined by 44 percent. The City of St. Louis has seen a decline of 50 percent between 1991 and 2009, a difference of approximately 1,000 fewer births to teen mothers.
St. Louis City had 1,826 total teen births take place in 1991; 754 teen births took place in 2009.
The City of St. Louis Department of Health reaches out into the community to teach middle and high school aged teens about the negative impacts of teen pregnancy. The health department encourages parents and guardians to talk to their children at an early age about the risk of teenage sex and the responsibilities of parenthood.
Teen birth rates are calculated by the total number of births to mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 per 1,000 women that fall into this age group.