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Got questions about pregnancy or baby’s first year? “text4baby” has answers

Got a baby or one on the way? There’s a good chance you have questions. Turns out answers are as easy as sending a text.

The Shelby County Health Department tweets out useful information and tips for all kinds of public health issues. One of them is a free service called “text4baby” — which sends helpful tips and reminders to expectant parents or new parents in the baby’s first year.

Note the word “parents.” While text4baby definitely targets mothers, there are also useful tips for dads and anyone else taking care of an infant.

Simply text “BABY” to 511411 to start receiving the texts. There’s also an app for both iOS and Android.

From the text4baby site:

Text4baby, the nation’s only free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging, has enrolled over 930,000 pregnant women and new mothers.  A free service of ZERO TO THREE and Voxiva, Text4baby is made possible through a broad public-private partnership including The Wireless Foundation, Grey Healthcare Group, the US Department of Health and Human Services and over 1,300 national, state and local organizations. Text4baby messages are free thanks to the generous support of AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Virgin Mobile U.S.A. To learn more, visit www.text4baby.org.

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