Pregnancy and Birth Trends in the USA

Teen Birth Rates Lowest in US History

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After declining 2% between 2007 and 2008, birth rates for 15 to 19-year-olds decreased again between 2008 and 2009 for all races and for Hispanics. This indicates that the steady decline in teen birth rates from 1991 through 2005 has resumed, after briefly increasing between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, 409,840 live births occurred to mothers aged 15-19 years, a birth rate of 39.1 per 1,000 women in this age group (down from 434,758 births and a birth rate of 41.5 in 2008). The Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and non-Hispanic black teen pregnancy rates are more than twice as high as the non-Hispanic white teen birth rate. 




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