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Oops! 37 Percent of U.S. Births Unintended

In 1982, 37 percent of U.S. births were unintended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And guess what?

In 2010, 37 percent of U.S. births, the latest year for CDC stats, were ALSO unintended.

Meaning: Public health authorities have kindasortaTOTALLY failed at preventing unintended births.

So what's up?

These new stats, released today, consider mistimed or unwanted births as "unintended."

What's different today than some 30 years ago?

Well, there are fewer unintended births among white women, but this demographic now also accounts for fewer births overall.

The study notes that: "unmarried women, black women, and women with less education or income are still much more likely to experience unintended births compared with married, white, college-educated, and high-income women."

This suggests that the ability to decide when to have a kid varies depending largely on demographics.

You might wonder why this is so important?

Well, unintended births pose significant economic risks to moms-to-be.

As detailed by HealthDay, women who have unintended births tend to be poorer, and 35 percent of these births are paid for by Medicaid.

"That's an indicator that she wasn't ready," study author William Mosher said. "She wanted to finish high school, college, job training or get married before she had a baby."

Also, unintended births are expensive, costing the U.S. healthcare system $11 billion annually.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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