Cornwall

Cornwall teenage pregnancies 'lowest since 1969'

Numbers of pregnant teenage girls in Cornwall have fallen to the lowest level since records began in 1969, figures suggest.

The average rate of under-18 conceptions is now 24.6 per 1,000 women, down from 27.9 per 1,000 for the same period the previous year.

The figures from the Office of National Statistics are below the national average of 25.8 per 1,000 across England and Wales.

Cornwall Council welcomed the fall.

Poor health

The authority said it was supporting contraception and sexual health services for young people such as Cornwall Sexual Health And Contraception.

It said teenage pregnancy was often associated with poor health for the baby and mother and an increased likelihood of them both living in long-term poverty.

Louise Sweeney, teenage pregnancy co-ordinator, said: "It's fantastic that Cornwall continues to see a decline in its rates of teenage pregnancy.

"Good partnership work and continued commitment to providing a range of contraceptive and sexual health services to young people have been effective in supporting young people to make healthy choices."

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