Teen Pregnancy Rates Down in South Georgia and Across Nation

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

A new report released by the US government shows the nation's teen pregnancy rate is at a 70 year low - and healthcare providers in southwest Georgia say the trend can be seen in our region, too.

The report, which looks at figures from 2009, says that for every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19, 39 babies will be born.

Management for Georgia's Southwest District of Health Departments says the possibility of a brighter future for many teens has played a big role in the decline.

Says Deputy Southwest District Health Director Brenda Greene:

"The fact that we're focusing on teenagers and keeping them involved in other activities such as after-school programs, keeping them in school, career opportunities - more kids are having the opportunity to go to college - so I think they're focused on more things that are keeping them active."

Health Department staff also encourage teens to explore the resources they offer for family planning options. They say abstinence is the only sure way to not become pregnant.


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  • by B Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    Births may be down but it's evident from these post that IGNORANCE is not. Come on people!!!
  • by jimbo Location: ga on Jan 1, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    one teen pregnancy is one two many. i just dont understand children these days. i guess their parents dont know how to raise children. these children are discusting today. no morrals-no self respect. sad sad sad.
  • by len on Jan 1, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    pregnancy Rate in Gadsden Co. Quincy is not down one bit ,,,still having babies and still getting a CHECK .
  • by Serena Location: Tallahassee on Jan 1, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    This doesn't seem to take abortion into account. If not, it's impossible to say whether the pregnancy rate is down or not. Just because fewer babies are being born does NOT mean the pregnancy rate is down.
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