U.S. Teen Birth Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since 1946

by Colonel on February 11, 2013

“A new study from researchers at the government’s National Center for Health Statistics shows the U.S. teen birth rate has continued its recent declines to hit a record low of 31.3 births per 1,000 women in 2011.

The new study also found declines in the number of premature births and newborns born low birth-weights. Premature births fell for a fifth straight year from 12.8 percent of all births in 2006 to 11.72 percent of births in 2011. Low birth-weight rates slightly declined from 8.15 percent of births in 2010 to 8.10 in 2011, which [Pediatrician Dr. Ellen] Rome, who was not involved in the research, explained corresponds with more teens delaying pregnancy.

Rome thinks the explanation is two-fold, in that teens are waiting to have sex longer and those who do are using more effective birth control, such as an intrauterine device (IUD) in addition to condoms.

” — Ryan Jaslow, Copyright 2013 CBS Interactive Inc

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