Industrialized and developing countries have distinctly different rates of teenage pregnancy. In developed regions, such as United States , Canada , Western Europe , Australia , and New Zealand , teen parents tend to be unmarried , and adolescent pregnancy is seen as a social issue. By contrast, teenage parents in developing regions such as Africa , Asia , Eastern Europe , Latin America , and the Pacific Islands in some civilizations are often married, and their pregnancy may be welcomed by family and society. However, in these societies, early pregnancy may combine with malnutrition and poor health care to cause long-term medical problems for both the mother and child.
One of the biggest concerns as a young parent is around money to care for your child and for yourself. Knowing what your main expenses will be such as food, clothing, housing, transport, child care and health and where to get financial support can help you to manage these expenses and reduce stress. Your financial situation will depend on your circumstances. The government offers a variety of payments to parents through Centrelink , including:. You may need to wait before getting any money, so contact Centrelink 3 months before the birth of your baby. Call the Families and Parents line on 13 61 50 to get started.
The teen birth rate in the United States is at a record low, dropping below 18 births per 1, girls and women ages 15 to 19 for the first time since the government began regularly collecting data on this group, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. In , the birth rate among to year-old girls and women was less than half of what it had been in Despite rapid declines in teen birth rates across all major racial and ethnic groups, disparities persist. In , the birth rate for Hispanic and black teens ages 15 to 19 was almost double the rate among white teens and more than five times as high as the rate among Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Virtually all of the growth of single-parent families in recent decades has been driven by an increase in births outside marriage. Divorce rates have leveled off or declined modestly since the early s and thus have not contributed to the rising proportion of children being raised by only one parent nor to the increase in child poverty and welfare dependence associated with the rise in single-parent families. Not all non-marital births are to teen-agers. In fact, 70 percent of all births outside marriage are to women over age