Teenage pregnancies at an all-time low in Hartlepool

Decrease: Teenage pregnancy rates have fallen.
Decrease: Teenage pregnancy rates have fallen.

TEENAGE pregnancies are at an all-time low in Hartlepool - but they’re still higher than the national average.

Latest figures show that 55 under 18s conceived in 2013, a rate of 33 per 1,000 of the population.

This is a 3.3 per cent decrease on the previous year according to the figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

However, despite a drop, the town’s pregnancy rate is still higher than the English average of 24.3 per 1,000.

Despite this health bosses are pleased with the decline and are happy that numbers are continuously heading in the right direction.

Louise Wallace, director of public health at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The year-on-year reduction in Hartlepool’s under 18 conception rate demonstrates the excellent work that has been carried out by partners and organisations across the town since 2001, when the drive to reduce teenage pregnancy began.

This continued reduction shows how you people;s sexual health can be improved if they receive the right information, education and support.

Louise Wallace, director of Public Health

“This continued reduction shows how young peoples’ sexual health can be improved if they receive the right information, education and support.

“Reducing teenage pregnancy is a complex issue which has required a sustained and concerted effort.

“It has succeeded with committed senior leadership, dedicated local practitioners, effective education programmes and easier access to contraception services for young people.”

The town’s highest conception rates was in 199 when 146 teenagers fell pregnant.

This was at a rate of 81.2 per 1,000 of the population.