Teen pregnancy drops

The number of teenagers who are getting pregnant has dropped 25 per cent in Wales over the past 10 years.

Teenage pregancy rate 'still too high'

The leader of the Liberal Democrats in Wales, Kirsty Williams AM, says while she welcomes the drop in teenage pregnancies, the rate is "still too high".

Many young mothers have a positive experience of pregnancy, but the reality is that many teenage pregnancies are unplanned. Good quality sexual and relationship education in schools is incredibly important if we are to tackle this.

There is no hiding from the fact that teenage pregnancies are not evenly distributed across society. Too often young people living in poorer areas suffer from low self-esteem and believe they have a lack of life opportunities.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

Teenage pregnancy falls by a quarter in 10 years

Despite the fall, the conception rate for under 18s remained higher than in England. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Teenage pregnancy rates in Wales have dropped by almost a quarter in the past decade, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics figures said in 2011, 34 girls out of every 1,000 fell pregnant under the age of 18, down from 45 per 1,000 in 2001.

Julia Chandler, national officer for the Royal College of Midwives in Wales, said greater awareness of teenage pregnancy among teenagers, along with more availability of morning-after contraception, had contributed to the decline.

Despite the fall, the conception rate for under 18s remained higher than in England.

In 2011, 34.2 girls out of every 1,000 fell pregnant in Wales compared with 30.7 in England.

Merthyr Tydfil had the highest rate out of Wales's 22 local authority areas, with 54.1 out of every 1,000 girls aged 15-17 becoming pregnant. That figure was the fourth highest in England and Wales.

Blaenau Gwent saw the biggest fall in Wales, dropping by 32%.

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