Thursday, April 8, 2010

Teen Birth Rate Lowered

FROM NBC: The teen birth rate in the U.S. has dropped for the first time in two years. The number of teenagers giving birth fell two percent from 2007 to 2008. About forty-one teenagers out of one thousand had a baby during that time, compared to forty-two in previous years.

The new statistics from the CDC also show older teens saw the biggest decline, while those in the ten to fourteen age bracket saw no change in birth rates. The study did not look at reasons why the teen delivery numbers are down.

The total number of births in 2008 was 4,251,095.
- The number of babies born preterm (prior to 37 weeks gestation) was also down.
- The number of births among unmarried women reached historic levels in 2008.

Those in the 10 to 14 age range are still having just as many babies. I guess I knew it could happen, but 10 years old? That is sickening! That is a little kid!

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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