Thursday, June 20, 2013

Repost: Teen pregnancies highest in Mississippi

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.

April 11, 2012

If you have daughters under 18 in Mississippi and one of them has been pregnant, watch out.

Your other daughters are statistically likely to become pregnant as teens, too.

Mississippi has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the U.S., according to Reuters. And since we already know that teen pregnancy is "contagious" in families, that's why Mississippi parents probably have to worry about these issues more than, say, parents in New Hampshire, where the teen birth rate is lowest.

The Reuters report also explains that U.S. teen birth rates are highest in the South and Southwestern parts of the nation. Although national teen pregnancy rates are actually falling, the U.S. teen birth rate is one of the highest among the world's developed countries.

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