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Repeat teen pregnancies are a major problem

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that, while the teen pregnancy rate continues to fall, repeat births for teen moms remains a major problem.

In 2010, more than 365,000 15 to 19 year-olds gave birth. For 18.3% of those young mothers, it wasn't their first child. The rate in Southwest Georgia was 21%.

The Southwest District Public Health Director says it's a community problem that needs the attention of parents, schools, and community organizations. "We have got to as a community give parents tools to parent, but we've also got to give teens something to look forward to in their lives that they would know that a pregnancy would interfere with that," Grant said. 

The overall teen pregnancy rate in southwest Georgia is falling, but it remains above the state and national averages.

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