Teen Birth Rate Continues To Fall In U.S., Hitting Historic Low

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—(Pulse)

2022 marks the year teenage births reached an all-time low in the United States. The trend towards youth aged 15 to 17 not having children has been in steady decline since the early 1990s with outlier years in 2006 and 2007. The news is a relief for the medical community, who reports that younger moms face increased complications when it comes to birth and premature babies. One expert was quoted saying: “”We know from our own research that issues like chronic health conditions, structural racism and barriers to adequate prenatal and obstetric care continue to contribute to unfavorable outcomes [including pre-term birth], and that ‘maternity care deserts’ are on the rise.” (UPI)

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