Report shows decrease in teen pregnancy

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services shows a significant decrease in teen pregnancy since 2016.

According to the study, in 2016 birthrates among 15-19 year-old women decreased 9% to 20.3 births per 1,000 women. The study also found that women in their early 20’s are also putting off motherhood. Pregnancy in women between the ages 20-24 decreased to 4% in 2016 dropping to 73.7 births per 1,000 women, and for women 25-29 birth rates decreased by 2% to 109 births per 1,000 women.

While rates for younger women seem to decrease, birth rates for women in their 30’s and 40’s increased in 2016. The study found that birth among women 40-44 increased by 4% in 2016, the highest it’s been since 1966.

For more about the study, check out the full report here:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/report002.pdf

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