Teen birth rates per 1,000 females aged 15-19
The Washington Post (Data from the CDC)

The number of teens having babies in the U.S. is at an all-time low.

Births to all teens have gone down more than 40 percent over the past decade, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control.

The rate hit a critical peak in 1991, at 61.8 births for every 1,000 adolescent females. In 2014, there were 24.2 births per 1,000 – the lowest rate ever recorded.

So what is driving this shift?

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UPDATED: 4/26/16 at 2:37 pm

Inconsolable crying. Difficulty feeding. Tremors. Tight muscle tone. Fever. Diarrhea.

These are among the miseries a newborn with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) may experience.

NAS describes the withdrawal process newborns endure after being exposed in the womb to opioids, like heroin, morphine, and oxycodone.

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I heard a story this morning on NPR that was pretty concerning.

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Health care is expensive.

Even with insurance, I've paid $25 co-pays to my kids' doctor only to have them out in 10 minutes and diagnosed with "a fever."

But having insurance means I can take them to get medical treatment for a lot less than if I didn't have insurance at all.

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When I saw a headline about babies sleeping in boxes today as I was scrolling through the news on my phone, I thought it was a joke.

But it turns out it really is a thing.

Since 1938, Finland's government has provided all expectant moms, regardless of economic status, with a maternity box filled with clothes, bedding, and products used in the first few months of a baby's life.

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Earlier this week, Dustin Dwyer brought us Brianna Darin's first-hand account of conquering depression.

The high schooler shared the steps she took after it clicked for her that she needed help.

But for some, the stigma surrounding mental illness can keep them from seeking the help they may need to achieve mental health.

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[Note: Brianna Darin is a high school student in Kelloggsville Schools. We met her in a poetry class run by The Diatribe, a poetry group we profiled last year. We asked Brianna to share her story with us. Dustin Dwyer recorded and produced the piece. A transcript is below.]

Growing up, if you see me walking on the streets, you’d think, ‘Oh, she comes from a caring and loving family.’ Which is true. We were always protected.

But then you’d start to wonder, ‘Oh, where’s her dad? Maybe he just left and that’s it.’ But no, my dad would pop in and out of my life, and that, honestly, caused the beginning of my depression.

I got diagnosed with depression in sixth grade. I was 10.

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Nearly every day, a silver Subaru makes its way through the tiny towns and white pine woods of Wexford County, in northern Michigan.

Behind the wheel is Jeannie Schnitker, a nurse with the state’s Maternal and Infant Health Program.

Last week, I tagged along for a ride.

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Think back to a time when you stayed up all night, or only slept for a few hours.

Did you feel groggy or sluggish? Was it difficult to focus on the tasks you needed to complete? Maybe you felt just plain miserable.

We know adequate sleep is important for everyone. But imagine how essential it is for a kid's developing mind and body.

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No more pencils. No more books. No more free lunch?

Millions of low-income kids across the country rely on free and reduced-priced breakfast and lunch during the school year.

So, what happens when school is out for the summer and they lose access to these meals?