The rate of teens giving birth is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
"Ain’t nothing to it, but to do it" seems to be the motto for young women when it comes to having babies, at least according a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s National Center for Health Statistics.
A report released March 18 found that the rate of birth for American teens between 15 and 19 years old had increased by nearly one percent from 2006 to 2007. To be exact, teens were responsible for 42.5 of every 1,000 births in 2007, as opposed to the 41.6 birth rate the previous year. Between 2005 and 2006, teens in that age group experienced a three percent surge in childbirths. The number of teens giving birth had been on a 14-year decline before 2006.
The number of single women of all ages giving birth is at a record high, the study noted. Unmarried women aged 15-44 gave birth to 1.7 million babies in 2007, making up nearly half of all births in the United States with a 39.7 percent share. This percentage is up four points from 2006 and up 26 percent from 2002.
The number of births has also increased across nearly all age groups of women in their childbearing years, including their 20s, 30s and early 40s. However, younger girls between 10 and 14 years old saw their birth rates remain steady over the one year period. Hispanic teenagers did see a two percent decline in their birth rate in 2007.
– Whitney Teal