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Birth by the numbers

2006

ZIP codes 94301, 94304, 94305, 94306

Total births: 574

Mother's age:

under 20 -- 3

20-29 -- 126

30-34 -- 215

35 plus -- 230

percentage starting care in first trimester of pregnancy: 94 percent

percentage of babies heavier than 5.5 pounds: 93 percent

ZIP code 94303 (includes East Palo Alto)

Total births: 801

mother's age:

under 20 -- 109

20-29 -- 388

30-34 -- 154

35 plus -- 150

Percentage starting care in first trimester of pregnancy: 88 percent

babies heavier than 5.5 pounds: 95 percent

2005

ZIP codes 94301, 94304, 94305, 94306

Total births: 556

mother's age:

under 20 -- 2

20-29 -- 128

30-34 -- 215

35 plus -- 211

Percentage starting care in first trimester of pregnancy: 97 percent

Percentage of babies heavier than 5.5 pounds: 94 percent

ZIP code 94303 (includes East Palo Alto)

Total births: 774

mother's age:

under 20 -- 101

20-29 -- 345

30-34 -- 170

35 plus -- 158

percentage starting care in first trimester of pregnancy: 92 percent

percentage of babies heavier than 5.5 pounds -- 92 percent

Comments

Posted by Joey, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 9, 2008 at 8:35 pm

The 50-fold higher birthrate for teenage mothers in East Palo Alto is a sad reflection of the fact that no matter how much exposure to the issue of teen pregnancy there is in this community, there still isn't a stigma associated with it as there is in Palo Alto.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2008 at 9:12 am

Joey

The truth of the matter is that there is no stigma attached to teen parenthood when the teens are products of teen parents themselves. If we look at the picture of the parents of the teens getting pregnant, we will find that they are probably 2nd, 3rd or even 4th generational teen parents.

To stop this circle, educating the older residents who have been in the situation themselves as to how to demonstrate to their teen kids that this is unwise is key. It is very difficult to get the message across to teens who see their own mothers having survived very nicely on welfare, etc. as not being good role models is an unsupportable hurdle particularly when these role models will support the teen in everything they choose to do in regard to sex and its subsequent responsibilities.


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