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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 15, 2013

One in 5 Teens Giving Birth Already Has a Child

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(19):1987. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4951

Teen births have decreased in the last 20 years, but a new statistic demonstrates the need for more counseling about preventing pregnancy: nearly 20% of teens giving birth already have at least 1 child.

According to a study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, about 365 000 teens aged 15 to 19 years gave birth in 2010. Nearly 67 000, or 18.3%, of those deliveries were repeat teen births, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines as having 2 or more pregnancies that result in a live birth before age 20 years. Of the repeat births, 85.7% were to teens having a second child; 12.6% had a third child. Between 1% and 2% of the teens had a fourth, fifth, or sixth child.

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