Number of teen moms with repeat birth dropped

Posted at 10:45 AM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 10:45:15-04

The number of teen moms who have a repeat birth has dropped over the past decade, but many are not doing enough to prevent another pregnancy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 38,000 teens had a repeat birth in 2015. About a quarter of teen moms used effective forms of birth control, which is five times higher than in 2004. 

Overall contraceptive use did not change. One-third of teen moms used methods with high failure rates or none at all. Repeat teen births are more likely to be preterm and low birth weight.