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UNITED STATES: Teen Births, Prematurity, C-Sections Down, CDC Reports


USA Today (11.18.11) - Friday, November 18, 2011

The US teen birthrate has fallen for three years in a row, CDC reported Thursday, dropping 9 percent from 2009 to 2010 to the lowest rate seen in almost 70 years. The new data are evidence of "truly remarkable progress on an issue that people once considered intractable," said Bill Albert, a spokesperson for the Washington-based nonprofit National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Albert credits the decline to less sex and more contraception, rather than higher use of abortion. In addition, doctors are doing a better job of offering teenage mothers long-term birth control methods to help them avoid a second unplanned pregnancy, said Erika Werner, a maternal-fetal medicine physician and an assistant professor in gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. CDC also said the rate of premature births, which had risen steadily for three decades, had fallen for the past four years. For the first time in a decade, the rate of cesarean deliveries declined, though only slightly. Werner noted that C-sections often are linked to premature births, as about 45 percent of premature babies are delivered by this method.


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