Text messages aim to nurture healthy babies

Pregnant women and new moms can get free tips on prenatal health and infant care texted to them through a national partnership that includes the Perinatal Network of Monroe County.

To access the free Text4baby service — which is a national effort aimed at addressing the rising U.S. infant mortality rate — text BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish) on a mobile phone. Registrants will be asked to enter their baby’s due date or date of birth and their ZIP code.

Three free SMS text messages will be sent each week through the baby’s first birthday on topics including birth-defects prevention, immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health and safe sleep. Details on the service are available at http://text4baby.org.

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