Text4baby sends free text messages to pregnant women and new moms. The texts contain useful tips to help women care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
Women can sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) and receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth. They will receive the texts until their baby turns one year old.Visit www.text4baby.org for more information including a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section and the option to sign up for the text messages through the web site.
The Minnesota Department of Health is a text4baby outreach partner. Local health departments and community organizations are encouraged to also become outreach partners and help share information about this great resource. For more information and questions, go to www.text4baby.org and click on “Partners”.
Text4baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). To find out more check out the HMHB Coalition Facebook page.
Free, preprinted Text4baby tearpads are available to order. MDH has also created a text4baby bookmark (PDF) that local public health agencies can print and distribute; there is room on the back side to add local contact information. When printing, keep in mind it is meant to be a two-sided document so check your printer settings first to be sure it prints correctly.