Colo. Teen Birth Rate Declining
MESA COUNTY, Colo. A promising report for Colorado, the number of teenage girls birthing babies across state is on the decline, and Mesa county is keeping up with that trend. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, since 2008, teen births in Colorado have dropped by 34 percent. Here in Mesa County, in 2011, the teen fertility rate for ages 15 to 19 was 36.6 per 1,000 teens. That's compared to 43 per 1,000 teens in 2008. Additionally, more than half of teen moms in Colorado are now using birth control to avoid another pregnancy. State health officials say the increase in teens using intra-uterine devices like IUDs, are causing the number of teens giving birth to drop by a third. IUDs, also known as "forgettable" birth control, are becoming more popular because it's long acting and reversible and not something you have to take monthly or daily.