The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) released its 2013 preliminary data on teen childbearing in Bexar County, which shows a recorded 2,590 births to females ages 19 and younger. This represents a decline of 708 teen births since 2010, but still accounted for nearly 50 teen births per week in 2013. Local teens from Metro Health’s Project WORTH program shared the latest data during a press conference held this morning at the Central Library.
“The good news is that many more of my peers are making healthy decisions and it shows in the information we are sharing today,” said Alexis, one of the Project WORTH teen presenters.
Despite the reduction in local teen births, the 2013 associated costs of teen childbearing in Bexar County were estimated to be $58 million.
In 2013, Bexar County’s rate of births to females ages 15 to 19 (40.1 per 1,000 teen births) declined by 42 percent since 2000. However, the 2013 rate was still 51 percent higher than the national rate of 26.6 per 1,000 teen births. Repeat teen births in Bexar County accounted for 20 percent of all 2013 teen births; a decline of 2 percent from 2010.
“The prevention efforts of the San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative and others are making a big difference in our community, but we still have much more to do,” said Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of Metro Health.
For more information and a detailed 2013 Teen Pregnancy Report and fact sheet, visit www.sanantonio.gov/health or call 207-8850.