BOSTON (CBS) – Help is available in Massachusetts for teen parents of newborn children.

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There were more than 5,500 teen births in Massachusetts in 2008.  That’s the most recent number available. There is help available for teen parents facing the challenge of raising a child.

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Tammy Bernardi is with the Healthy Families Massachusetts Newborn Home Visiting Program, funded by the Children’s Trust Fund, and she says having the responsibility of raising a child is especially challenging for teens.

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Being shown how to soothe a crying baby is important for these young parents.  Bernardi says this help is available in every city and town in Massachusetts and is vitally important to everyone.