Monday, May 10, 2010

Wyoming Offers Health Tips By Text For Mothers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ― The Wyoming Department of Health is offering pregnant women and new mothers a chance to receive weekly text messages with health tips for pregnancy and raising infants.

The free program is called "text4baby" and includes three text messages per week timed to a woman's due date or the birth date of the baby.

Women can sign up by texting the word BABY to 511411, or BEBE for Spanish.

The text messages focus on topics including birth defects prevention, immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health and safe sleep.

Health department Women's and Perinatal Health Coordinator Debra Hamilton says the program could be an especially effective way to reach younger mothers.