U.S. teen birth rate hits a record low

Oh baby, how low can you go?

When it comes to the teen birth rate in the US, we’re finally there. In 2016 that rate fell by 9% from the previous year to a record low, according to new government report.

The drop in adolescent maternity rates follows a long-term trend. The just-released data shows that since 1991 the teen birth rate for women aged 15 to 19 years old has dropped by 67% percent and in 2016. The number of births to women aged 15–19 was 209,480 last year.

Elise Berlan, M.D., of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, called the teen rate a “phenomenal decline” and attributed the drop to better access and use of contraceptives. “We know that the vast majority of teen births are unintended.”

U.S. teen birth rates show ‘unprecedented’ drop: report

On the other hand, birth rates for other age groups have increased.

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Teen births, like the one depicted in “Juno” starring Ellen Page (above), are at an all time low in the U.S.

(Doane Gregory /AP)

* For women between the ages of 30 and 34, the birth rate increased by 1% from 2015, which is the highest rate for this age group since 1964.

* The number of births for women who are between 35 and 39 is up 2% over 2015, representing the highest rate since 1962.

* Births to women in their late 30s increased by 4% from 2015.

* For women between ages of 40 and 44, births increase of 4% over 2015 — the highest rate for this group since 1966.

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