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Covid-19 Update: We're open for a range of services during the Level 4 lockdown. Use the Ask for an Appointment to get a phone appointment with us during this time. 

We will be able to help with: emergency contraception prescriptions, contraceptive pill repeats (and some contraceptive pill starts) and abortion information.

If you are due for your depo provera jab or for your implant to be changed, we will give you a prescription for the pill until we're able to do face-to-face appointments again. 

If you have an appointment booked with us in the next month, we will be in touch with you to reschedule.

Due to infection control requirements we are unable to provide any face-to-face consultations in our clinics during the lockdown.

Schools, principals and teachers: Our Navigating the Journey sexuality education resources are available for just $25 (that's half-price) for the school holidays. Our resource shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown but these e-resources are available for purchase. 

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Teen birth rate continues to decline

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

National News

Statistics New Zealand has released birth and death rates for 2016 and highlighted the continuing decline in teenage births.  

The teen birth rate has dropped each year since 2008, Statistics New Zealand said today.

In 2016, the rate was 16 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years – half the 2008 rate of 33.

This New Zealand trend aligns with global trends. For example, the United States teen birth rate has been dropping almost consistently since 1991 and in 2015 it is at historic lows (22.3 per 1,000 females).

The Australian teenage birth rate is also dropping, but less dramatically than in New Zealand. It fell from 18 births per 1,000 women in 2008 to 12 per 1000 in 2015.

There has been a significant change in teenage birth rates over the past four decades.

In 1976, the age specific fertility rate for 15-19 year olds in New Zealand was 50 births per 1,000 women, as compared to the 2016 rate of 16 births per 1,000 women.

The overall fertility rate in New Zealand has also dropped this year to the lowest recorded rate of 1.87 births per woman.

Read the Statistics New Zealand report.

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