Teen pregnancy rates across the nation drop and the trend is similar here in the Rockford area.
In 2011, there were 31 births per 1,000 teen girls in the U.S. That's the lowest rate on record. Local preliminary figures for 2010 and 2011 in Winnebago County, show teen births count for 10% of all births. Which is the lowest rate seen since records began in the 1970's.
Winnebago County Public Health Director, Mike Bacon says historically the highs for teen births go back to the 1950's, gradually declining ever since.
"It's been a very slow process. We actually are considerably higher than what is going on internationally in other developed countries, where there's very little, if any, teen births. I think there's much that we can learn there and we are always looking for ways to apply that to the community."
Bacon says the decrease in teen births is mainly from improved health education and access to women's health services.
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