Illegitimate births are increasing, and associated with this increase are higher rates of prenatal deaths as well as prematurity. Marriage after such conception has a higher divorce rate. At a university health service, out-of-wedlock pregnancies decreased after an education, counseling and contraception program was instituted. The rate of abortions did not increase with liberalized abortion laws; there were no repeaters after the program was instituted. Increasing numbers of young women are continuing their education regardless of the disposition of pregnancy. Experience in counseling confirms the contention of several authors that some out-of-wedlock pregnancies stem from subconscious reasons. A multiple disciplinary approach to such pregnancies is advocated.
© 1972 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists