(TULSA) - A new report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows Oklahoma has the second-highest teen birth rate in the country.
The CDC released the research from 2012 on Wednesday.
There were around 47 births per 1,000 teenagers ages 15 to 19.
Oklahoma's teen birth rate has decreased over the past 20 years, but at a slower pace than in every state except North Dakota and South Dakota.
The CDC says babies of teen mothers are at higher risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery.
An Oklahoma City-County Health Department official says a lack of teen pregnancy prevention programs likely contributes to the high birth rate.