CDC: Teen birth rates decrease

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some good news about teen birth rates – a major health problem in Memphis.
The CDC has determined that the birth rate in the United States fell by 2 percent between 2007 and 2008. The full report, which was issued this month, is available at
The dip in births by teens comes after increases for the two previous years.
Birth rates decreased in 38 states during 2008, including Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The report did not provide a breakdown by county.
The report also tracked other data related to births. For instance, the cesarean delivery rate rose for the 12th consecutive year. Cesarean deliveries now account for 32.3 percent of births.