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Teenage maternity

Total women aged 15 to 19 who report having had at least 1 child born alive at the time of the CENSUS, divided by total number of young women of the same age group, multiplied by 100. The denominator of this indicator includes all young people aged 15 to 19 years, whether or not said information on children born.


Teenage pregnancy is a problem that persists in the region, despite the fact that the fertility of women in general tends to be declining. The fertility rate in adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the highest in the world, only superseded by sub-Saharan African countries.

In general, Latin American and Caribbean countries have a teenage maternity rate of greater than 12%, a figure that tends to be most often made up of the group of adolescents with lower incomes and with a lower level of education.