MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting a second year of rising birth and pregnancy rates among teenage girls, a tend that is reversing a nearly decade-long downward trend.
The Department's Center for Health Statistics reports an estimated 12,398 pregnancies to females aged 10-19 in 2007. That's a rate of 39.7%, which is virtually unchanged from 2006's 39.6%. The rate from 1996 to 2005 declined from 57.1% to 37.5%.
"We need to be aware that teen pregnancy is interrelated to health problems we're seeing with infant mortality," said Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer. "Also, we are concerned that risk behaviors seem to be increasing among our teenagers."