By Jamel Major - bio | email
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - New numbers show how critical the teen pregnancy crisis in Memphis and Shelby County really is, especially in certain zip codes within the county.
Teen birth rates in the Memphis-Shelby County area are high when compared to similar cities across the country.
"We have a lot of issues that a lot of urban areas deal with here in Memphis," Rebecca Terrell of the Memphis Center for Reproductive Health said Wednesday. "We are a big city."
Statistics from a recent report by the Urban Child Institute say in 2009, 15 percent of babies born in Shelby County were to teen mothers - approximately 5 percent above the national average. Additionally, according to the institute's report, black teens are three times more likely than whites to give birth.