Teen pregnancy rates in the United States have fallen in recent years, but the country still has a higher rate than any other developed country, according to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the CDC reported that 305,388 babies were born to teenagers in 2012. This equates to a live birth rate of 29.4 per 1,000 women in this age group, representing a record low for U.S. teens, and a drop of 6% from 2011. Issues related to teen pregnancy usually fall into five categories: (1) emotional, (2) social, (3) educational, (4) financial, and (5) health related.

Emotional Issues

Since many teenage pregnancies are unplanned, the first challenge faced by teen parents involves the decision about how to deal with the ...

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