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Sharp drop in teenagers giving birth

Fewer teenagers are giving birth, with the rate dropping by 8% in just one year, the latest figures show. 

Data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show 30,790 teenage mothers gave birth in 2012/13 compared with 33,620 in 2011/12. 

And the 2012/13 figures were down by 28% since 2007/08. 

More babies are born to women in the most deprived areas, and the highest rate was in women aged 40 and over. 

The North East saw the highest rate of teen births, while the lowest was in London.

Teenage mothers are those aged between 13 and 19 when their babies are born.

Natika Halil, of the FPA (Family Planning Association), told the BBC: "We welcome a continued decrease in the rate of teenage pregnancies.

She said it was "proof of all the hard work of sexual health and education professionals and the lasting legacy of the decade-long Teenage Pregnancy Strategy."

But she said there was "no room for complacency" and there should be a continued focus on high quality sex and relationships education.