Teenage pregnancy numbers in Herts are dropping thanks to education and inclination


The number of teenage pregnancies in Hertfordshire remains well below the national average, according to the latest figures.

The Office of National Statistics showed that in 2012 there were 17.4 pregnancies for every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 17 in the county, compared to 27.7 per cent nationally.

Herts County Council’s teenage pregnancy strategy board works with partners and service providers to run training and education programmes, focusing on areas in the county that have a higher rate of teenage conceptions and youngsters most vulnerable to underage pregnancy.

A spokesperson for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said accessible contraception and good education play a crucial role, but girls are now choosing to have babies later: “We’re also seeing a shift towards older motherhood, with many younger women deciding to postpone starting a family a number of reasons including financial security or career progress.”