Teen pregnancies on the decline in York

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones

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TEENAGE pregnancy rates in York have reached an all-time low, according to official figures.

Details released by the Office for National Statistics show the conception rate in the city dropped to 23 per 1,000 young women aged between 15 and 17 in 2012, with City of York Council saying growing confidence among those who use sexual health services and those who provide them has been the key.

Since 1998, the under-18 conception rate in York has fallen by 32 per cent, with 68 women in this age bracket in the city conceiving in 2012.

The council said it had focused on ensuring the city has clinics which young people feel comfortable attending, including services which can be accessed through schools and colleges.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for health, housing and adult service, said: “York’s success in consistently reducing the under-18 conception rate is the result of ensuring that young people have the information they need to prevent pregnancy and access to young people-friendly contraception and sexual health services.

“Consideration also needs to be given to the impact teenage pregnancy has on the health of young mothers. It is thought they are more likely to suffer health, social and emotional problems than older mothers, and there also other consequences including the increased risk of complications during pregnancy and birth, as well as premature labour.”

The authority said having a specialist young people’s sexual health outreach team had been a major factor in reducing teen pregnancies.

It was now looking to find out if children and young people in the city felt they had enough information and whether their relationship and sex education was up-to-date, as well as covering issues such as relationship abuse and exploitation.

Coun Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said teenage pregnancies affected school attendance and achievement, as 70 per cent of all teenage mothers were not in education or jobs.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, York’s director of health and wellbeing, said the council would keep targeting its work on vulnerable groups, saying: “Teenage pregnancy can have a detrimental effect on a young woman’s health, so it remains a priority for the city’s health and wellbeing focus.”

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11:43am Thu 27 Feb 14

anistasia says...

Hopefully it's because education is working and young woman are thinking more about careers than having children think of having them later in life good move all round
Hopefully it's because education is working and young woman are thinking more about careers than having children think of having them later in life good move all round anistasia
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3:18pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Digeorge says...

Perhaps it is their friends having children that realise "I haven't any money and the benefit system is tight, I haven't a house" I am broke
Perhaps it is their friends having children that realise "I haven't any money and the benefit system is tight, I haven't a house" I am broke Digeorge
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4:19pm Thu 27 Feb 14

petethefeet says...

This is really good news and it's a pity more people don't seem to realise it. All kids should have a right to grow up in a secure home with both natural parents living in a stable relationship. Better still, if they have 4 attentive grandparents and a network of aunties and cousins around. They themselves then grow up more secure.
This is really good news and it's a pity more people don't seem to realise it. All kids should have a right to grow up in a secure home with both natural parents living in a stable relationship. Better still, if they have 4 attentive grandparents and a network of aunties and cousins around. They themselves then grow up more secure. petethefeet
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8:48pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

This subject is so much more important than closing a bridge.
This subject is so much more important than closing a bridge. Buzzz Light-year
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11:18am Fri 28 Feb 14

The Marshall says...

Tracey Lang is poking her nose into something she knows nothing about...again.
This woman!
Tracey Lang is poking her nose into something she knows nothing about...again. This woman! The Marshall
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1:03pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Teabag1 says...

It may increase again now westbank park is open 24 hours, snigger
It may increase again now westbank park is open 24 hours, snigger Teabag1
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11:10pm Fri 28 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

Excellent. Keep going with the sex education classes.

Great news.

Congrats to all involved.
Excellent. Keep going with the sex education classes. Great news. Congrats to all involved. MouseHouse
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