Teen birth rate down in Bexar County, still higher than national rate
New numbers show the teenage birth rate in the U.S. has dropped to a historic low. However, that's not the case in Bexar County. While numbers are decreasing, they are still more than double the national average.
SAN ANTONIO - New numbers show the teenage birth rate in the U.S. has dropped to a historic low.
However, that's not the case in Bexar County. While numbers are decreasing, they are still more than double the national average.
Sully Narvaez first became pregnant when she was 11-years-old, the 18-year-old is now the proud mother of two.
Like many other teen moms, Narvaez’s own mother was a teen mom.
“I can see how people would judge me and look at me some type of way and would always tell me you're not going to make it because you’re a baby with a baby and it would hurt me a lot,” Narvaez said.
The teen birth rate in San Antonio has gone down by almost 50 percent since 2000. In 2014, almost 2,500 girls between the ages of 10 and 19 gave birth.
City health officials said that in that time period, the number of school districts teaching evidence-based sex education went from one to nine. They also said that offering no-cost contraceptives to teens with parental consent also proved to reduce pregnancies.
“We're still 55 percent higher than the national rate, so there is still a lot of work to be done in that area,” one city health official said. “There are many programs and partners working towards that and meaning the new San Antonio 2020 goal is to reduce the teen birth rate by 50 percent by the year 2020.”
They said battling teen pregnancy is important. Many studies show that teen moms are more likely to live in poverty and less likely to graduate from high school.
While Narvaez said she's well aware of these statistics, she's determined not to become one of them. She is set to get her high school diploma at the end of this month.
“You just hope better for your kids you want to give them more than what you had always wanted to give them the world,” Narvaez said.
She is using her kids as inspiration for a better life.