Text4Baby Gives New Moms Free Health Tips
Approximately one in 33 babies in the U.S. are born facing birth defects. More than 500,000 are born prematurely, and about 28,000 die before their first birthday. Due to these staggering numbers, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition has created the Text4Baby program.
This free mobile information service sends women who participate periodic texts concerning fetus and newborn health, based on the baby’s due date or birthday. Text4Baby works like some popular services that might send a horoscope or a restaurant special right to a cell phone, but instead, its information to help mothers or prospective mothers care for their well-being and the well-being of their baby.
The messages that moms will receive from text4baby touch on maternal and child health, birth defect prevention, immunization, nutrition, mental health, oral health, safe sleep, and even the flu. It also provides moms with resources in prenatal and infant care services to ensure that their baby has the strongest possible start in life.
To sign up for Text4Baby, all mothers need to do is text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411. They will start receiving weekly messages with tips and information specific to how far along they are in their pregnancy, or how old their baby is. It’s easy and free, and we encourage mothers everywhere to give Text4Baby a try.