Birth Rates

November 17, 2011 - 5:00 PM
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2009 file photo, Nurse Jozie Kovar, checks the heartbeat of one of eight babies at Jamestown, N.D. Hospital. Birth rates for the nation's youngest mothers hit new lows in 2011 - further evidence that few forms of birth control are as effective as the economy. The national birth rate dropped for the third straight year, with declines for most ages and all races, according to a federal report released Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/The Jamestown Sun, John M. Steiner)