Congratulations! You just found out you’re going to have a baby. It can be an exciting time for a family, but there’s also so much to learn. Thankfully there are free resources to help, including on your phone from Text4baby.  When you sign up for Text4baby you’ll get 3 text messages a week timed to your due date or baby’s birth date through the duration of your pregnancy and up until your baby’s first birthday. 

You can sign up by texting “BABY” to 511411. The text messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety and much more.  Most phone companies have agreed to not charge for the texts, but check with your carrier if you have questions.  

The National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition is holding a state enrollment contest for Text4baby. The top states to enroll the highest percentage mothers in Text4baby between May and October, 2013 will be announced at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston in November. I hope you’ll join us in actively participating in the 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest, and helping to get the word out to our pregnant clients, customers, family members and friends about this educational opportunity as we continue to work toward healthy babies.