While the birth rate for adolescents continues to decline, health concerns persist for young parents and their children, according to a revised AAP clinical report published in the December issue of Pediatrics (2012;130:e-1743-e1756; http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/doi/10.1542/peds.2012-2879).
In 2010, the U.S. teen birth rate fell to 34.3 births per 1,000 females or 367,752 births. With the exception of 2005 through 2007 when teen births increased, the rate has declined throughout the previous 20 years, according to the report.
“Even though the birth rate is declining, there are still some significant numbers, particularly in the minority populations,” said V. Faye Jones, M.D., FAAP, co-author of the report, Care of Adolescent Parents and Their Children, from the AAP Committees on Adolescence and Early Childhood.
The birth rate for Hispanics ages 15-19 was 55.7 per 1,000 in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report. Meanwhile, the...