Free Mobile Information Service for Pregnant Women and New Moms

March 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

The Office of Community Services has informed us of a mobile information service called Text4baby.  Text4baby is a free text messaging service that provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.

babyText4baby: How it Works
• Women who sign up for Text4baby service will receive brief text messages three times per week to inform them on widely accepted and highly vetted scientific guidelines to promote healthy births, especially among traditionally underserved populations.
• These messages focus on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health, including birth defects prevention, immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health and safe sleep.
• Text4baby messages also connect women to prenatal and infant care services and other resources.
• Women can sign up for this free mobile information service by texting BABY to 511411.

Background on Text4baby
Each year in the U.S., more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely and an estimated 28,000 children die before their first birthday.  In response to this national public health crisis, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), in partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families, has launched Text4Baby. Text messaging represents an enormous yet untapped channel for delivering vital health information to those who need it most.  Over 1.5 trillion SMS text messages were sent in the U.S. in 2008, with texting use higher among women of childbearing age. The text4baby initiative includes a robust evaluation led by The George Washington University with potential to demonstrate the impact of text4baby, and mobile health technology more broadly, on maternal and child health.

Information on Text4baby is below and attached.

For more information about Text4baby, please visit the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) at: www.hmhb.org or http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/afi/Text4baby_Summary.pdf.

You may also contact HMHB at: info@text4baby.org.

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