More young girls fall­ing preg­nant Grow­ing con­cern for girls un­der 16

Higher num­bers from more de­prived ar­eas

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Robert Mitchell Robert Mitchell

La­nark­shire has one of the high­est rates of un­der-16 preg­nan­cies in Scot­land.

New fig­ures re­veal that 42 girls aged be­tween 13 and 15 got preg­nant in 2016.

And most un­der-16 preg­nan­cies re­sulted in a ter­mi­na­tion.

The preg­nancy statis­tics rose sig­nif­i­cantly, up from 29 the pre­vi­ous year to 42.

Among fe­males aged 15 to 17, there were 243 preg­nan­cies in 2016 – up from 229 the pre­vi­ous year.

And among fe­males aged 15 to 19, there were 654 preg­nan­cies in 2016 – up slightly from 645 in 2015.

The lat­est gov­ern­ment data, for the year end­ing 2016, was re­leased last week.

And the re­port said: “Many teenage women ex­pe­ri­ence un­in­tended or un­wanted preg­nan­cies, although for some this may be planned and a pos­i­tive life choice.

“Scot­land has his­tor­i­cally had a higher rate of teenage preg­nancy than most other North­ern and West­ern Euro­pean coun­tries and re­duc­ing un­in­tended teenage preg­nancy is a pri­or­ity for the Scottish Gov­ern­ment.”

Across South La­nark­shire, there were 56 un­der-16 preg­nan­cies be­tween 2014 and 2016, while there were 68 in neigh­bour­ing North La­nark­shire.

Among fe­males aged 15 to 17, there were 344 preg­nan­cies be­tween 2014 and 2016 in South La­nark­shire, with an­other 401 in North La­nark­shire.

And among fe­males ages 15 to 19, there were 302 preg­nan­cies be­tween 2014 and 2016 in South La­nark­shire, while North La­nark­shire had 352.

Across La­nark­shire as a whole, the 42 un­der-16 preg­nan­cies equates to 3.9 girls out of 1000 in that age bracket get­ting preg­nant.

That is the third-high­est rate out of Most un­der-16 preg­nan­cies in La­nark­shire re­sult in ter­mi­na­tions.

Of the 42 preg­nan­cies among girls aged 13 to 15, there were 20 de­liv­er­ies and 22 ter­mi­na­tions.

Out of the 243 preg­nan­cies among fe­males aged 15 to 17, there were 127 de­liv­er­ies and 116 ter­mi­na­tions.

And of the 654 preg­nan­cies among those aged 15 to 19, there were 376 de­liv­er­ies and 278 ter­mi­na­tions.

The gov­ern­ment fig­ures also di­vide La­nark­shire into five lev­els of de­pri­va­tion

Out of the preg­nan­cies among fe­males aged 15 to 17, a to­tal of 104 babies came from the most de­prived cat­e­gory.

An­other 80 came from the next de­prived cat­e­gory, fol­lowed by 27. No moth­ers aged un­der 18 de­liv­ered babies from the two least de­prived cat­e­gories in La­nark­shire.

The re­port says:“there is a strong cor­re­la­tion be­tween de­pri­va­tion and teenage preg­nancy. De­pri­va­tion area is cal­cu­lated us­ing the Scottish In­dex of Multiple De­pri­va­tion (SIMD) which is an area-based mea­sure­ment of multiple de­pri­va­tion. Ar­eas are di­vided into five groups, each con­sist­ing of ap­prox­i­mately 20 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, with de­creas­ing lev­els of de­pri­va­tion in each.”

It adds:“teenage preg­nancy rates have de­creased in re­cent years and this has oc­curred across all lev­els of de­pri­va­tion.

“In 2016, the teenage preg­nancy rate in Scot­land was 31.6 per 1,000 women; how­ever, rates var­ied de­pend­ing on where Scot­land’s dozen health boards. Fife is the high­est at 4.9 per 100, fol­lowed by Tay­side on 4.1 per 1000. The Scottish av­er­age is 3.1 per 1000.

Among those aged 15 to 17, there were 21.9 preg­nan­cies out of ev­ery 1000 fe­males across La­nark­shire in 2016. The Scottish av­er­age is 18.9 per 1000.

And among those aged 15 to 19, there were 35.2 preg­nan­cies out of ev­ery 1000 fe­males in 2016. The Scottish av­er­age is 31.6 per 1000. a woman lived. Mov­ing through the five de­pri­va­tion ar­eas from most to least de­prived, the rate of teenage preg­nancy de­creased with each area of re­duced de­pri­va­tion. Those liv­ing in the ar­eas of high­est de­pri­va­tion had preg­nancy rates five times higher than those in the least de­prived ar­eas (58.9 com­pared to 11.8 per 1000).”

Those aged un­der 20 and liv­ing in the most de­prived ar­eas are more likely to de­liver than to ter­mi­nate their preg­nancy.

In con­trast, those liv­ing in the least de­prived ar­eas are more likely to ter­mi­nate their preg­nancy than to go on to de­liver.

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