The birth rate in the U.S. has declined to its lowest rate in history. That decline applies to teenage mothers as well, according to 2016 data by the National Center for Health Statistics. The most recent (2015) data broken down by race shows the Native American birth rate went down or stayed the same for younger teens, ages 15 to 17. We’ll check in with experts on what’s behind the trends and what else needs to be done to prevent teen pregnancy.
Charon Asetoyer (Comanche) – executive director and CEO of the Native American Community board, which is a parent organization to the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center
Kayleigh Ownspipe (Assiniboine Sioux) – mother of two kids
CAPT Celissa Stephens (Choctaw) — director of the division of nursing for the Indian Health Service
Break Music: Native (song) Mariame (artist) Bloom (album)