There weren’t as many children having children in the U.S. in 2008. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of teen pregnancies dropped by 2 percent that year, hopefully signaling a downward trend, after climbing over the two previous years. —KA
According to the CDC report, the teen birth rate declined from 42.5 births per 1,000 teenagers in 2007 to 41.5 births per 1,000 teenagers in 2008. Between 1991 and 2005, teen births declined by 34% before they rose by 5% between 2005-2007.
The report on births in 2008 also shows that cesarean delivery rates rose for the 12th straight year to nearly a third of all births (32.3%). Increases of 1%-3% in the number of cesarean deliveries were seen among women of all ages and most racial and ethnic groups.