New data shows that teen birth rates appear to be reaching record lows. A new study conducted by the government’s National Center for Health Statistics shows that the teen birth rate fell to a low of 31.3 births per 1,000 in 2011.
This is considered good news to many people because teen pregnancy can increase health risks for the mother and the baby. According to the National Institutes of Health, babies burn to teens will likely have a lower birth weight than babies born to older moms.
The study also looked at declines in both premature births and newborns. Premature births fell for a fifth straight year and newborns fell slighty from the previous year.
Analysts think that the main reasons for these declining rates are that teens are waiting a little longer to have intercorse. The report recommends that parents talk to children about sex before they reach puberty.
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