Children's Hospital Colorado

Colorado Teen Birth Rate Drops, Sees 24-Year Historic Low

The Washington Post | July 15, 2014

Aggressive state and national programs supplying teens with long-term contraceptives have put a big dent in the teen birth rate.

Colorado's teen birth rate fell from 37 births per 1,000 teens (ages 15-19) in 2009 to 22 births in 2013, according to an article published in the Denver Post. The rate is now at a 24-year historic low, having declined 60% since 1990, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Liz Romer, director of Children's Colorado Family Planning Clinic, talks to a teenage girl in an exam room.
Dr. Liz Romer, director of Children's Colorado Family Planning Clinic, discusses 18-year-old Nathaly Chavez's new IUD. (Photo courtesy of The Denver Post)


Colorado clinics provide services to teens

Colorado clinics like Children’s Hospital Colorado Adolescent Family Planning Clinic help provide free or low-cost contraceptives.

Nathaly Chavez, 18, is a returning patient of the family planning clinic at Children's Colorado and said she can rely on the clinic for something she otherwise couldn't afford.

"It's really a big deal to know that," Chavez said in an interview with the Denver Post. "Ever since I started coming here, I feel I've been really helped with all my needs."

Learn more teen health at Children’s Colorado.

Word of mouth among teens is the clinic's most important marketing tool, said clinic director Dr. Liz Romer.

"They know they won't be judged here. They'll be respected," Dr. Romer said. "We now know a lot more about teens and how their brains work."

Read the full article about declining teen birth rates in Colorado in the Denver Post.

About the Adolescent Family Planning Clinic

The Adolescent Family Planning Clinic provides STI testing, pregnancy testing and wellness exams. Free and confidential birth control services, including condoms and Plan B®, are available for anyone between the ages of 12 to 24.

More media coverage:

BBC News Magazine: Colorado birth control scheme causes drop in teen pregnancy.

The Washington Post: How Colorado’s teen birthrate dropped 40% in four years.