Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet
Fewer teens nationwide are getting pregnant - that's according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study out Thursday.
Nationally, the number has dropped 25 percent over the last five years, falling in all but two states.
In mountain counties, the number of girls aged 15 to 19 getting pregnant has been falling for a decade, says Health Director Jimmy Hines, who is over Polk, Rutherford and McDowell counties.
Hines says he can't pinpoint when the numbers started falling - but he says the behavior of teens as a whole is changing due to a combination of factors.
"Better education, better ciriculum, better trained teachers, parents more involved in their kids lives, more emphasis on abstinance, more better attention to contraceptives, practicing it earlier," Hines says, ticking the possible factors off on his fingers.
There was a more than 20 percent spike in the teen pregnancy rate in Rutherford County recorded last year.
Hines says he's hoping that was a temporary bump, rather than the start of a steady rise.
By Ashlea Surles