Young mothers now have a new tool in the quest to be the best mami's they can be. An innovative service called Text4baby is a free mobile health initiative started by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition to provide reminders and vital information about everything from vaccinations to child development for new and expectant mothers.
Available in both English and Spanish, this service has been particuarly effective with young Latina teen moms. Across the board, Latinos utilize mobile technology more than any other ethnicity including Whites and Blacks, which makes this service a perfect fit for our community. Messages can be timed to the mother's due date or the babies actual due date and are delivered once a month.
The service was created especially for low-income women without adequate access to health care. "Text4baby is filling a void in the nation's public health system in communicating with low-income women and new mothers, who have limited access to critical obstetric and pediatric information and care," said Judy Meehan, CEO of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.
To sign up, text "baby" or "bebe" (for Spanish text messages) to 511411.