ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study from the Centers for Disease Control found every state but North Dakota and West Virginia posted a significant drop in teen births between 2007 and 2011.

The overall teen birth rate in Missouri and Illinois fell between 20 to 29 percent, right at the national average of 25 percent.

“There’s some evidence to suggest that parents themselves are talking to their kids early and often about sex, love, and relationships which matters a great deal,” Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, said. “More teens are delaying sex and those who are having sex are using contraception a bit more commonly and carefully.”

The teen birth rate for Hispanic teens fell 30 to 39 percent in Illinois since 2007 and more than 40 percent in Missouri over that time. The national average decline for Hispanic teens was 34 percent.

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