Friday, February 9, 2007

Teen Pregnancy and Other Birth Statistics

The February issue of Pediatrics summarizes recent reports on births in the US.  Some findings:

  • The recent teen pregnancy rate in the United States is at an all-time low.
  • The rate of Caesarean deliveries is at an all-time high. 
  • The birth rates for mothers aged 30 and older rose in 2005 to levels not seen in nearly 40 years. 
  • A record number of unmarried women are having children. The total number of births to unmarried women rose by 4 percent, to 1,525,345, in 2005.

To read the news article from Health Day news

To read the full report, visit the National Center for Health Statistics.

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