The number of new teenage moms in the United States is at its lowest rate in nearly 70 years. The current rate of approximately 34 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 is 44 percent below a peak in 1991, and more than 64 percent lower than the record set back in 1957, when the baby boom rate of teen mothers was more than 96 newborns per 1,000 women aged 15-19.
Idaho was in synch with the national average. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Idaho had a rate of 33 births per 1,000 teenage women. Idaho ranked No. 25 in national teen pregnancy statistics.
The U.S. still has the highest teen birth rate of any major developed country. A United Nations report from 2009 found a rate of 16.5 births per 1,000 teenage women in Australia, 12.2 in Spain, 10.2 in France, 9.8 in Germany, 4.9 in Japan and 25 in Britain.
According to new figures released this morning by the National Center for Health Statistics, just under 368,000 babies were born to American women aged 15-19, in addition to 4,500 born to girls aged 10-14, in 2010.