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Less Teenagers Are Giving Birth

Dorathy Gass

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), there has been a dip in the amount of American teens giving birth. The CDC recently conducted a study that revealed this trend, which is part of a bigger picture, where women in general are choosing to wait to have babies, as an increase in birth rates for females in their thirties, and forties was also revealed.

The study showed that a little less than 230,000 females gave birth in 2015, between the ages of 15-19, which indicated a decrease of eight percent. This seems to be an ongoing trend for teens, as the birth rate has been continually decreasing for this age group since 2007. In fact, since 2007, the decrease for teenage birth rates has ranged from seven to nine percent, on average. The total number of teenage moms has decreased to 54 percent, from 2007 to 2015.

Interestingly enough, the numbers around women in the 20’s giving birth have also been on a downward slope since 2007. In fact, the birth rate has decreased by 27 percent for women between the ages of 20-24 from 2007 to 2015; with the rate in 2013/14 being two percent, and the decrease in 2014/15 being three percent. When it comes to women in their mid-to-late 20’s (25-29) the decrease was only one percent each year; except for 2013 and 2014 where the decrease was two percent.

CNN reported that alternatively, women in their 30’s have increased when it comes to giving birth. The study revealed a five percent increase for females in their early thirties (30-34) since 2011 until now; and birth rates among women in their mid-to-late 30’s (35-39) increased by 13 percent. There was also an increase of women in their early 40’s giving birth, by four percent, in 2014/15.

Philip Levine, professor of economics, Wellsely College chimed in on the study results, stating that the evidence in these numbers reflects the technology changes in making birth control (making it easier to access and use), and the shift in economic standings for women; with females wanting more education, and to contribute to their household’s income.

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