Monday, November 22, 2010

"text4baby" Health Info Resource for New Mothers

The Department of Health - Family Health Bureau has partnered with “text4baby” to promote a bilingual service that sends reliable health information by cell phone to pregnant women and new mothers.

Women can sign up by texting BABY to 511411 for the English version or BEBE for the Spanish version. The women are prompted to enter their due date or their baby’s birth date. Based on that, advertisement-free health messages arrive three times a week that are relevant to the mother’s stage of pregnancy or baby’s development during the first year.

This free service is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. (Note: all messages from text4baby are free! Even if moms don’t have a text messaging plan, they can get these messages for free. If they have limited texting per month, text4baby won’t take away from their total amount of messages).

You can go to for more information or contact Jaymi McKay, the Maternal Health Program Manager 505-486-8908 or Elizabeth Matthews, Family Health Bureau Medical Director at 505-476-8904.

Please encourage pregnant women and new mothers to sign up for this great service.

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