Tuesday, January 5, 2016

CT teen birthrate down 11% last year

New data on births rates from the CDC finds that last year, as in 2013, CT had the third lowest teen birth rate among states. In both 2013 and 2014, MA and NH had the lowest and second lowest teen birth rates, respectively, across all states. CT’s 2014 teen birth rate dropped by 10.9% from the year before. Nationally the rate of births to mothers ages 15 to 19 dropped by 8.7% last year to a historic low and the average mothers’ age at first birth rose to 26.3. Teen birth rates dropped across all races and ethnicities from 2013 to 2014 nationally and the rate of cesarean section births continued to drop last year to 32.2%. Unfortunately rates of low birth weight didn’t change.