A new release out from the St. Louis Department of Health today says teen birth rates are down in the city of St. Louis. Here are a few by-the-numbers details for you from the Department:
The Department says that its outreach efforts along with its community partners have contributed to the decline. They say efforts have been made to teach middle school and high school teens about the negative impacts of teen pregnancies.
"We are pleased to see this decline in teen pregnancy in the City," St. Louis health director Pamela Rice Walker said. "Having a child as a teenager can trap both mother and child in a cycle of poverty that is difficult to end. Statistically, most teen mothers do not attend college and many do not even finish high school. By working to decrease the teen birth rate, we are providing our residents a chance for a better future."
The Department encourages parents and guardians to talk to their children about the risks of teenage sex and the responsibilities of parenthood at an early age.