Births to teenage mothers dropped six percent last year, new record low
BETHESDA, MD — The nation’s teenage birth rate has hit an all-time low.
A new study from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals the birth rate among women between the ages of 15 and 19 dropped 6-percent last year in the United States.
The report also shows women in their 30s and 40s are having more babies as their birth rates rose about 1-percent last year.
Genne Puentes, 18, dropped out of high school during her senior year when she got pregnant with her daughter Zoey.
“My mom talked about sex but I wasn’t really open and I didn’t talk about that,” Puentes said.
Puentes was forced to juggle a teenage life with adult responsibilities.
“My friends would try to invite me to go to Circus Circus or whatever, but I couldn’t go because I felt it wasn’t right leaving my baby with my mom so I could go out and have fun,” Puentes said.
But now according to the national center for health statistics, fewer teens are juggling those responsibilities. The teen birth rate is at a historical low.
It’s a stunning turnaround according to Bill Albert, a spokesperson for the National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.