West Virginia Perinatal Partnership - 2008
a project of the
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
and
West Virginia Community Voices
funded by the
 
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

 

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Unplanned Pregnancy in West Virginia is a Serious Problem. 

Unplanned pregnancy is a serious social problem in West Virginia.  About 43 percent of West Virginia births are the result of an unplanned pregnancy.  Studies show that unplanned pregnancy is at the root of a number of important public health and social challenges. Children born from unplanned pregnancies are at increased risk of low birth weight, developmental delays, and poverty.  And this translates into high public sector costs for health care, social services, and education in West Virginia.  The majority of unintended pregnancies occur among single women, but close to 30% also occur among married women.  Women between the ages of 20-29 are most vulnerable to an unintended pregnancy. 

To study unintended pregnancy, the causes, and the potential remedies, the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership has partnered with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  Our focus of this study is on women ages 20-29.  The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that has experience and expertise in studying the issue in other states.  For more than a decade, the National Campaign has worked to reduce teen pregnancy—and is now expanding its mission to also focus on preventing unplanned pregnancy among young adults. 

A series of Learning Tour visits are being convened to ask West Virginia leaders and health providers what they think are the causes of unplanned pregnancy among young adults, and to identify promising remedies.  The National Campaign is collaborating with West Virginia Perinatal Partnership to organize this important Learning Tour visit.  

To gather input from health care and social service providers from around the State, a Learning Tour meeting will be conducted via Webex.  You are invited to join us for this meeting.  You must register in advance.  For further information click here: Invitation to Webex Conference on Unplanned Pregnancy.

It is also helpful that in preparation for this meeting you review some of the materials available to you on this page.

Our study has unveiled useful West Virginia specific data and information from several sources, including the following.

  • WV Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Surveillance System
  • WV Vital Records and Health Statistics
  • WV Family Planning Program
  • Right From The Start Program

For further information please contact:

Joyce Daniels
2207 Washington Street East
Charleston, WV 25311
Telephone (304)346-8176
e-mail:  joyce.w.daniels@verizon.net 

 
Downloads Relating to Unplanned Pregnancy in West Virginia

Unplanned Pregnancy Among 20-Somethings: Key Facts and Consequences.  A PDF authored by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Unplanned Pregnancy Among 20-Somethings:  The Full Story.   A PDF authored by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Unintended Pregnancy in West Virginia: 1996-2006.  A Powerpoint presentation by Melissa A. Baker, M.A., Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, WV Bureau for Public Health


 


 

   

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