New moms and moms-to-be are often dealing with new expenses and responsibilities in order to properly care for their little bundles of love (diapers, formula, and childcare–oh my!). It’s not often that they’re handed help that’s both useful and free.
Enter text4baby, an educational service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services. This program sends free informational text messages to the phones of moms-to-be and new moms. The messages, which are timed so they match either where the mother is in her pregnancy or the age of the baby, contain health tips about pregnancy and for caring for a baby up to one year of age. The texts provide valuable information on birth defect prevention, immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health, and safe sleep. The messages can also help connect women to prenatal and infant care services and other resources.
Being a new mother brings with it a lot of responsibility, but it’s reassuring to know that you can get free, useful information to help you along the way. If you’re interested in receiving text4baby messages, just text BABY to the shortcode 511411 (or text BEBE to 511411 to get the messages in Spanish).