Birth rate for U.S. teens Slows Down

The birth rate for U.S. teens aged 15-19 years hit a record low in 2010, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The birth rate for teenagers aged 15-19 has declined for the last three years and 17 out of the past 19 years, falling to 34.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in 2010 — a nine percent decline from 2009 and the lowest rate ever recorded in nearly seven decades of collecting data. Birth rates for younger and older teenagers and for all race/ethnic groups reached historic lows in 2010.

The report also documented the first decline in the rate of cesarean deliveries since 1996. In 2010, the cesarean section rate in the United States was 32.8, down slightly from 32.9 in 2009.

The report, “Births: Preliminary Data for 2010,” is based on an analysis of nearly 100 percent of birth records collected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

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