ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — A new government study finds that more than one-third of babies born in the United States come from unintended pregnancies.
According to the National Health Statistics Reports, 37 percent of U.S. births from 2006 to 2010 were the result of unintended pregnancies as these women never planned for a child with their significant other. Researchers found that the outcome of unplanned pregnancies didn’t change much since 1982.
The percentage of women between the ages of 15-24 that were unmarried and having children was nearly 78 percent. The report found that women who have an unplanned pregnancy are most likely to delay prenatal care and do not breast-feed their child. Studies in the past have shown that not having prenatal care can lead to poor health as a child and the lack of a relationship a mother shares with their child.
The study also shows that women’s education makes a big difference when having children. Eighty three percent of the births by women with degrees intended to have their babies, while women with a high school diploma or less was only at a 59 percent rate.
Contraception also played a major role in a sexual relationship, as more than 14 percent of women worried about the effects of using birth control while more than 5 percent of males did not want to use birth control.
The report surveyed more than 12,000 women between the ages of 15-44.