Teen moms on the rise in Mesa County

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The birth rate among girls age 15 to 19 is 35.4, meaning out of every 1,000 people, 34 of them will have a baby.

That number beats the national average at 31.3 and the state average at 24.3.

Although the birth rate locally has decreased in the last five years from 43 in 2008, teenagers are still getting pregnant, which is why the Mesa County Health Department has a Family Planning Clinic to give teenagers access to educational material and contraception.

Reyna Palma found out she was pregnant when she was 17 years old and now has a four month old baby boy named Kash. She said although she loves being a mom, she wishes she was more financially stable and settled before having a baby.