Fewer teen girls had babies in 2009 than in previous years, according to statistics released today by the Centers for Disease Control. The report also finds that fewer American women overall are giving birth.
The report, compiled by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, is based on birth records collected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Among the highlights:
– The 2009 birth rate for teenagers declined 6% from 2008. In 2009, there were 39.1 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15-19 in 2009. This is the second straight year of decline.
– Fewer American women are giving birth. The overall fertility rate fell from 68.6 births per 1,000 females in 2008 to 66.7 in 2009.
– The total number of births to unmarried mothers went down almost 4% in 2009 to 50.6 per 1,000 aged 15-44. It’s the first decline since 1997. However, the percentage of all births to unmarried mothers was up slightly from 40.6% in 2008 to 41%.
– C-sections are now at an all time high. Nearly one in three babies were delivered via cesarean in 2009. Since 1996, the C-section rate has increased nearly 60%.