This indicator is a count of the number of live births by age of the mother. When displayed as a rate, it is the number of births to mothers for the ages selected, per 1000 female persons of the ages selected, in the population.
Babies born to teens and older mothers may be at greater risk for preterm delivery, low birth weight and neonatal mortality. Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a host of other critical social issues as well: welfare dependency, out-of-wedlock births, responsible fatherhood, and workforce development in particular. Adolescents are less likely to seek out prenatal care because they are afraid or embarrassed. This phenomenon and the immature physical nature of adolescents results in higher rates of low birth weight babies than in other age groups. As the offspring of adolescent mothers grow, they are more apt than children born to older women to have health and cognitive problems and to be the victims of neglect or abuse.
In 2021, in Alachua County, the rate per 1,000 total population that were Births by Mothers' Age (All) was 9.4 compared to Florida at 9.8. Since the oldest age of the mother at birth varies, an ending age of 999 is used to retrieve all records up to and including the oldest age.
Alachua County is in the second quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, the situation occurs more often in about half of the counties, and it occurs less often in about one quarter of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. It is shown when there are at least 51 counties with data for this measure.Links: Healthy People 2030|More Health Resources
Births by Mothers' Age, Rate Per 1,000 Total Population, 2021
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Births by Mothers' Age, Rate Per 1,000 Total Population, Single Year