Teen Pregnancy in Onslow County
North Carolina is one of the nation’s most advanced states when it comes to collecting teen pregnancy data. While many states only collect teen birth rates, North Carolina collects teen pregnancy rates that include births, abortions, and fetal deaths. Knowing how many teen pregnancies occur each year gives us a better sense of how to approach prevention.
It's important to remember that teen pregnancy rates are also a fairly conservative representation of teen pregnancies. Because rates rely on county and clinic reports and because North Carolina's formula doesn't account for miscarriages, you should assume that your teen pregnancy rate and numbers do not count every, single pregnancy.
And, did you know?
1. 6 Onslow County teens get pregnant each week.
Teen pregnancy rates have steadily declined in North Carolina and across the country, but that’s not true in Onslow County. Onslow County has the second highest teen pregnancy rate of 100 counties in the state. (Source: NC State Center for Health Statistics)
2. Everybody in Onslow County believes one big myth — and it’s not true.
There’s a myth that Onslow County has a really high teen pregnancy rate because young married Marines want to start their families early. In fact, almost half of all teen pregnancies are to someone unmarried, and most teen pregnancies aren’t planned. (Source: NC State Center for Health Statistics)
3. Teen pregnancy is deeply tied to issues you care about.
While many teen parents are fantastic parents — especially when they have strong support systems — the truth is that unplanned teen pregnancies are connected to many other issues that matter to Onslow County residents: child abuse, poverty, domestic violence, graduation rates, military readiness, and more.
4. Teen pregnancy is a big local priority — and there’s common ground.
79% of Onslow County parents say the community isn’t doing enough to prevent teen pregnancy. Teen pregnancy has also been a long-running priority area for local leaders, youth-serving professionals, and teens themselves. (Source: 2014 Onslow County Parent Survey)
5. Onslow County has the chance to make major progress!
The NC Youth Connected initiative is an opportunity to bring the entire community together to support teen health and build a stronger Onslow County. The initiative is designed to reduce teen pregnancy by 50% by 2020 — all by supporting and engaging parents, youth-serving professionals, the faith community, and healthcare providers.