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County Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops 13 Percent

Dec 20, 2017

Teen pregnancy rates in Cumberland County dropped 13.3 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. The findings were released by SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) earlier this month.

In Cumberland County there were 398 pregnancies among 15- to 19-year-old girls, which equates to a pregnancy rate of 37 pregnancies per 1,000 15- to 19-year-old girls, ranking Cumberland County 23 out of 100 counties in the state.

Statewide, North Carolina’s teen pregnancy rate fell 7 percent. There were 9,255 pregnancies in girls 15- to 19-years-old in 2016. The state’s 2016 teen pregnancy rate was 28.1 per 1,000 15- to 19-year-old girls. The data shows that 2.8 percent of 15- to 19-year-old girls in North Carolina experienced a pregnancy in 2016.

Additional highlights from the data include:

  • North Carolina’s teen pregnancy rate has fallen 73 percent since it peaked in 1990.
  • Pregnancies to white, black, and Hispanic teens dropped 9, 8 and 4 percent, respectively. 
  • Teen pregnancy rates among African-American and Hispanic teens remain twice as high as those among white teens.
  • 65 percent of counties saw teen pregnancy decrease in 2016.
  • Nationwide, researchers have attributed teen pregnancy declines to increased use of birth control and increased usage of highly effective birth control methods.

For more information about the data, visit shiftnc.org or schs.state.nc.us/data/vital/pregnancies/2016/.     

Pregnancy prevention in Cumberland County

Women of child bearing age in Cumberland County can contact the Department of Public Health’s Family Planning clinic for assistance with contraceptives and preconception counseling. The clinic provides many birth control methods to include condoms, natural family planning, birth control pills, the patch, the NuvaRing, and Depo Provera. The clinic also can insert and remove long-acting reversible contraceptives.

The Department of Public Health’s Teen Wellness Clinic can assist patients who are 12-19 years old. At the TWC, teens get high-quality, friendly and confidential health care. The clinic provides birth control, screening for sexually-transmitted diseases, and a teen advocate, who works one-on-one with teens. Pregnancy testing is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments are required for all services to include pregnancy testing. Teens can pay with Medicaid or insurance. Teens who cannot pay may qualify for free or low-cost care.

For more information about these services or to schedule an appointment, call 910-433-3600 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.