Teen Births in U.S. Have Reached the Lowest Level in More Than 60 Years
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that teen birth rate dropped to the lowest ever since 1946 in 2010 in all groups of age, race and ethnicity.
“Childbearing by teenagers continues to be a matter of public concern,” the CDC said in its report. There are “elevated health risks for teen mothers and their infants” in modern age of health and nutritional problems.
The rate of births to teens has dropped by 9% in 2010 from a year earlier and 44% since 1991. According to the report, there were 34.3 births for every 1000 in 2010 in the females in the age range of 15 to 19 years.
CDC has reported that even with the decline, U.S. is representing the highest level of teenage births in industrialized countries. It costs about $11 billion annually to the public.
According to CDC, this decline in pregnancy at teenage is caused by “strong pregnancy prevention messages” and the increased use of contraceptives.
“Most researchers would say it’s due to this magic combination of less sex and more contraception,” said Bill Albert, the chief program officer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “It’s a combination of both.”
Maximum cases of teen births have been reported in Mississippi with 55 teen births per 1000. However, it is falling like everywhere else and dropped 21% over three years. New Hampshire has the lowest rate of teen births of over 16 births per 1000.