In 2010 the birth rate among American teenagers was the lowest in the last 70 years, reports Reuters, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There were recorded 34.3 births per thousand teens aged 15 – 19 years. Compared with 2009, this figure fell by 9 percent.
According to Bill Albert, a representative of the charitable organization “The National Campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy,” figures for teenage pregnancy in 2010 declined by 44 percent from the peak year 1991. Albert tied this momentum with the spread of sex education in schools and the general economic downturn in the country. In addition to the decreased number of teenage pregnancies in the past year in the United States, the number of premature births and cesarean sections also decreased. Thus, according to the CDC, for four years, the number of births in the country of preterm infants fell by 0.8 percent. Meanwhile, as writes USA Today, the U.S. leads the developed countries by the number of premature births and infant mortality.
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