-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 20 percent of
American teens who give birth have already had one or more babies,
a federal study released Tuesday says.
In 2010, more than 365,000 teens aged 15 to 19 gave birth and
about 67,000 (18.3 percent) of those were repeat births, according
to the April
Vital Signsreport from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Repeat births among teens decreased by more than 6 percent
between 2007 and 2010, but the number of repeat births remains
high, according to the study.
In 2010, repeat teen births were highest among American
Indian/Alaska Natives (nearly 22 percent), Hispanics (21 percent)
and blacks (about 20 percent). They were lowest among whites (just
under 15 percent).
Repeat births ranged from a high of 22 percent in Texas to 10
percent in New Hampshire, according to the report.
Although 91 percent of teen mothers who were sexually active
used some form of contraception, only 22 percent used
contraceptives considered to be "most effective," meaning that,
with those forms of birth control, the risk of pregnancy was less
than one pregnancy per 100 users per year.
Teen pregnancies can change the lives and futures of the mother,
child and family. Infants born as a result of repeat teen pregnancy
are also more likely to be born too soon and too small, the report
"Teen birth rates in the United States have declined to a record low, which is good news," CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in an agency news release. "But rates are still far too high. Repeat births can negatively impact the mother's education and job opportunities as well as the health of the next generation. Teens, parents, health-care providers and others need to do much more to reduce unintended pregnancies."
Parents, health-care providers and other adults need to talk to
both male and female teens about avoiding pregnancy by not having
sex. With sexually active teens, the discussion can focus on the
most effective types of birth control, according to the report.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
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