Age is More Than a Number: High Infant Mortality Among Births to Teen Mothers

Infants born to teens under age 19 are more likely to die in the first year of life, compared to those born to women over age 20, new data shows. There are clinical reasons why infants born to teen mothers have higher death rates in their first year. But, our policies and health care system also fall woefully short when it comes to making sure pregnant and parenting teens get the services they and their children need.

If we truly want to reduce deaths among infants born to teen mothers, here’s what we need to do.