teen births

Health
7:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Oklahoma Teen Birth Rate Second Highest In The U.S.

Teen Births, Teenagers 15-19, 1940-2013
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.

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Teen Pregnancy
8:37 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Second Child: One-fifth of Oklahoma Teen Births

Ultrasound image.
Credit Ben Ramsey / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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