A new study from the Center for Disease Control found Georgia to be one of ten states that had the biggest decline in teen pregnancies in 2009.
Teenager Jennifer McCauley, knows first hand the challenges of parenthood and says,"I had to stop where I was in my life and just plan a pregnancy...it was hard, because I was young. I mean I was 16. I was in high school."
McCauley gave birth to her daughter 14 months ago and says, "I love her to death. She's walking now..she's starting to talk." She says she knows her friends and peers have noticed how hard it is to be a teen mom.
According to researchers, teen pregnancy rates are at a 70 year historic low. Researchers found girls between 15-17 years old had pregnancy rates fall 7% in 2009 from 2008, which is 48% lower than rates in 1991.
It also found girls ages 18-19 had a 6% decrease in pregnancy rates in 2009 from 2008, and overall the number of births to teens in 2009 was 409,840, the fewest its been since 1946.
The decline affects teenage girls of all ages and ethnic groups. Experts credit stronger teen prevention and education from schools, and private and public organizations for the decline.
Registered Nurse Jennifer Doolittle with the Save-A-Life-Center, says "Teenagers are beginning to understand what's involved and the risks." She credits that to more resources being available.
Research found the only state to see a significant increase in teen pregnancy is West Virginia.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy the Save-A-Life Center offers free help. The center is located at 112 Pierce Ave, Macon, GA 31204, (478) 755-1343.