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  • Mother-to-be Tammy Gerencser speaks with Dr. Michael L. Cacciatore at Florida Hospital in Orlando on Sunday. Ms. Gerencser has a cesarean section scheduled for Wednesday, which will give her baby a rare Feb. 29 birthday. (Associated Press)

    Report shows bounce in bouncing babies

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  • **FILE** Jannily Conejo, 2 months, is fed by her mother at the teen pregnancy program offered at the Upper Cordoza Clinic. (The Washington Times)

    Plunging birthrate of U.S. teens 'amazing'

    In 16 states, teen birthrates tumbled by at least 20 percent in recent years, the federal government said in a report. Large declines such as these helped push the nation's teen birthrate to a new low in 2010.

  • CDC: Many teens moms didn't think it could happen

    A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.

  • CDC: Many teen moms didn't think it could happen

    A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.

  • **FILE** Javonte Robinson (right), 4, looks in on his 2-month-old cousin, Bre'Azia Aaliyah Bryant, as she rests with her mother, Gautier High School student Jasmine Jones, 18, at her house in Gautier, Miss. (Associated Press/The Sun Herald)

    Report: Teen birth rate hits historic low

    The teen birthrate tumbled again in 2010, reaching a historic low and stretching across all age and ethnic groups, the federal government said Thursday.

  • 80 percent of US boys use condoms the first time

    A surprising 80 percent of teenage boys say they are using condoms the first time they have sex, a government survey found in a powerful sign that decades of efforts to change young people's sexual behavior are taking hold.

  • Study: 4 in 5 US teen boys use condoms at 1st sex

    A surprising 80 percent of teenage boys are using condoms the first time they have sex, a government survey finds. But another promising trend _ fewer teenagers having sex _ has leveled off.

  • **FILE** Sex education teacher Shayna Knowles (center) talks Sept. 10, 2010, to students during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. (Associated Press)

    Study finds teens postponing sex, using birth control more

    Despite fears of a hypersexual culture, most American teens are postponing sex until their late teens or older, and typically use some kind of birth control when they do start, according to an extensive new federal study released Wednesday.

  • UPDATES to conform with story; graphic shows percent change in sexual behavior between 2002 and 2006-2008 among ages 15-

    US teens, young adults 'doing it' less, study says

    Fewer teens and young adults are having sex, a government survey shows, and theories abound for why they're doing it less. Experts say this generation may be more cautious than their predecessors, more aware of sexually spread diseases. Or perhaps emphasis on abstinence in the past decade has had some influence.

  • US study says sex down among young adults, teens

    Apparently, fewer teens and young adults are having sex, according to a federal study which offers numbers but doesn't examine the reasons. Why is it decreasing? "That's the $100,000 question," said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

  • MTV's '16 and Pregnant' sobering for many teens, poll says

    A poll found that out of more than 1,000 teens, six in 10 had seen the show. Of those teens, 82 percent thought the show helped teens understand the challenges of childbearing much better, while only 15 percent thought it glamorized having a baby in high school.

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