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Teen Birth Rates Decrease, As Older Mom Birth Rates Rise

Dorathy Gass

A recent study reveals that birth rates among teen moms, aged 15 to 19 in America, have decreased by nine percent between the years of 2013-2014l; while birth rates for U.S. women aged 40 to 44 have heightened by two percent during that same time period. Overall, the number of first-time births for women 30 plus within the United States has also increased to 30 percent, from 24 percent, during 2000-2014. Meanwhile, as per the latest numbers, teenaged mom births have lowered by 61 percent from 1991-2014.

The overall age of giving birth for the first time for females has increased since 1970 in America, as well as other areas of the globe, including Sweden, UK, and Germany.

The recent research gathered numbers on over 828,000 females between the ages of 15 and 60 that lived in the state of Washington from 2003 to 2013. Figures came from hospital files and birth certificates. The information provided did not include birthing of more than one child at a time (no twins, triplets, etc.).

The highest number when it came to births were from women aged 25 to 29, with over 28 percent. Moms in their early to mid-30s hit 25 percent, while women in their early to mid-20s hit 22 percent. Meanwhile, over 12 percent of the moms were 35 to 39. Moms that were teenagers created over 7 percent of the total number, while moms aged 40 to 44 made up over two percent. Mom’s 45 and plus hit 0.2 percent within the study.

CNN reported the team found there may be a connection when it comes to life-threatening issues associated with pregnancy, creating a J-shape when looked closer with age. When it comes to teenagers near front of ‘J’, there were some increased risks around pregnancy, which then dove to lower risks when it came to moms in the 20 to 34 age demographics. The risks then take a sharp increase with those 40 plus moms within the research.

A fine example of this was the chance of kidney failure. When it came to the teenage moms, there was 2.1 for each 10,000. While moms in the 20 to 34 age brackets were at 1.2/1.8 for each 10,000. This number increased to 4.3 for those moms 40 to 44, and rose to 28.4 for 45 and plus mothers.

Still, whether you are 16 or 45, as a female, your overall health is an underlying factor when it comes to experiencing a problematic-free pregnancy. Age is simply one element of the equation, as some 40-year-olds can be healthier than a 20-year-old with impending health issues.

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