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My Take - Teen Pregnancy Rate

We always seem to talk about bad news but here's some good news we should all be happy about. The Alabama Department of Public Health says birthrates for teenage girls and infant mortality rates are at an all time low. Alabama's infant mortality rate declined in 2013 and the infant mortality rate for black infants fell to its lowest level ever. According to the state Department of Public Health the 2013 rate for all infants was 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. That was down from 8.9 recorded in 2012.The department says the infant mortality rate among black babies was 12.6, which was the lowest since the state began keeping records in 1950. The state recorded a 9.3 percent birth rate for teens, with a record low of 2.6 percent for teens less than 18 years old. These numbers are promising and we can only hope this trend continue with continued education and outreach programs. There are many outreach agencies across the Tennessee Valley if you need assistance. I'm Vanessa Oubre and That's My Take, What's Yours?

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