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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

North Ayrshire’s Teenage Pregnancies fall by More than Half in a Decade

Under the SNP Government, the rates of pregnancy in young people in North Ayrshire has declined from 196 down to 96 between 2011 and 2020 - a massive 51% decrease.

Teenage pregnancy rates across Scotland have continued to fall for the thirteenth year in a row and are at their lowest levels since reporting began in 1994.

In March 2016, the SNP Government published our ‘Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy’ that addresses the fundamental causes of pregnancy in young people. It highlights the key factors for supporting young people who are vulnerable to pregnancy including education and attainment, training and employment, and the importance of positive relationships.

Through the delivery of the Strategy, the SNP Government is working to ensure that young parents across North Ayrshire and Scotland have the support they need, to help them to reach their full potential and better lives for themselves and for their children.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“We are continuing to provide support to young, first time mothers aged 19 and under through the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme, a programme I have long supported.

“The programme aims to improve pregnancy and birth experience, child health and development and the economic stability of the family.

“FNPs reach out to the youngest and most vulnerable mothers; those most likely to be of the greatest need, with over 70% of the young mothers taking part living in more deprived areas.

“Over 10,000 young mothers have benefitted from FNP since it began, and over 6,000 have graduated.”



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