First 5 Ventura County is partnering with Text4baby to bring healthy-pregnancy resources to your fingertips. This mobile information service promotes maternal and child health through text messaging. Text4baby is a free service of the nonprofit National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and is supported by a public-private partnership of more than 1200 health departments, academic institutions, health plans, businesses, and the federal government.
Text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 and receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more.
Text4baby is the largest national mobile health initiative and has reached more than 685,000 moms since its launch in 2010.