Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Health & Parenting

Font Size

Teen Birth Rates on the Rise

Mississippi Had Highest Teen Birth Rate in 2006; New Hampshire Had Lowest


The rate of babies born at low birth weight continued to rise, hitting 8.3 percent in 2006, the highest level in 40 years. The preterm birth rate also rose in 2006, to 12.8 percent of all births.

The proportion of all births to unmarried women reached 38.5 percent of all U.S. births in 2006, up from 36.9 percent in 2005.

Researchers say the numbers provide "important information on fertility patterns among American women, including age, live-birth order, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, and educational attainment.

"Up-to-date information on these fertility patterns is critical to understanding population growth and change in this country and in individual states," the authors say.


Today on WebMD

Girl holding up card with BMI written
Is your child at a healthy weight?
toddler climbing
What happens in your child’s second year.
father and son with laundry basket
Get your kids to help around the house.
boy frowning at brocolli
Tips for dealing with mealtime mayhem
mother and daughter talking
child brushing his teeth
Sipping hot tea
Young woman holding lip at dentists office
6-Week Challenges
Want to know more?
Chill Out and Charge Up Challenge – How to help your tribe de-stress and energize.
Spark Change Challenge - Ready for a healthy change? Get some major motivation.
I have read and agreed to WebMD's Privacy Policy.
Enter cell phone number
- -
Entering your cell phone number and pressing submit indicates you agree to receive text messages from WebMD related to this challenge. WebMD is utilizing a 3rd party vendor, CellTrust, to provide the messages. You can opt out at any time.
Standard text rates apply
Which Vaccines Do Adults Need
rl with friends
tissue box
Child with adhd