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More than $10.6 million in federal grants has been awarded to support home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children in Oklahoma.

The grants were announced Thursday by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Burwell says home visits by a nurse, social worker or early childhood educator during pregnancy and in the first years of life can make a tremendous difference in the lives of children and their families.

U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oklahoma’s teen birth rate was ranked the second highest in the country in a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Wednesday.

The report showed Oklahoma’s teen birth rate has decreased over the past 20 years, but at a slower pace than in every state except North Dakota and South Dakota.

The 2012 rate in Oklahoma was 47.3 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19. Only New Mexico had a higher rate. The national rate was 29.4 per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19.

Second Child: One-fifth of Oklahoma Teen Births

Apr 26, 2013
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A new report shows that more than one in five births to teen mothers in Oklahoma between ages 15 and 19 is a second birth.

State health officials on Thursday released details from the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows Oklahoma is one of just eight states with a repeat teen birth higher than 20 percent. The report notes the national rate is a little more than 18 percent.