Pregnancy Rate

Monday, January 11, 2010

A report from the Centers for Disease Control found that pregnancy rates declined in the United States between 1990 and 2005. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the findings in the 60 Second Housecall.

The pregnancy rate in the United States dropped by 11 percent in the 15 years between 1990 to 2005.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there were 6.4 million pregnancies in 2005, which works out to a rate of 103 pregnancies per 1,000 women, compared to a rate of 115.8 pregnancies in 1990.

The 2005 pregnancy rate is close to the nations pregnancy rate in 1976, when the CDC started tracking pregnancy data.

Other findings in the CDCs report include:

Women in their 20s had the highest pregnancy rates from 1990 to 2005.

Pregnancy rates dropped by 8 percent for married women and by 11 percent for unmarried women.

While pregnancy rates dropped for teens between 1990 to 2005, earlier this year the CDC announced that the national teen pregnancy rate had risen for the first time in 15 years. Mississippi topped the state listing with 68 births for every 1,000 women between 15 to 19 years old.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.