U.S. Teen Birth Rate Continues to Fall, Hits New Record Low

The teen birth rate in America hit a new low. This is good news.  Women are waiting much later to start their families.  Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, applauded the news.  “Most teenagers are not financially or emotionally equipped to be mothers at this point in their lives,” said Wu.  “Teenage pregnancies present a myriad of social, medical and economic problems,” she added, and “most of these pregnancies are unplanned and these mothers miss out on important aspects of prenatal care.”

Key Points:

  • 1American teen birth rate is down 8 %.
  • 2About 40 percent of births occurred among unmarried women.  This is unchanged from previous years.
  • 3Just under one third of deliveries are done via c section now!

The number of babies born to American teenaged girls fell another 8 percent in 2015, reaching a new record low.

Read the full article at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_159170.html


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