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Nation’s First Free Text Service Helps Keep New Moms and Babies Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

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Nation’s First Free Text Service Helps Keep New Moms and Babies Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Well, okay, at least the “healthy” and “wise” parts are true.

Introducing ‘Text4baby’ — the nation’s first free text messaging service that provides pregnant women and new moms with health tips via text messages.

Health suddenly becomes front and center when a woman finds out she’s pregnant — OMG, can I eat this deli meat?  …Do I REALLY have to give up my beloved latte? …If I eat this piece of sushi, will my baby turn into a fish? — yet not everybody has the time or desire to peruse a million forums for the answers.  Not to mention those forums frequently offer crazy, medically unproven advice… such as women claiming that your baby will, in fact, turn into a fish.

Text4baby offers the best of all worlds:  Short, simple and scientifically accurate health tips, with all the information and content in the messages reviewed by several organizations and private healthcare professionals, including the CDC, the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Texts include critical information about prenatal care, nutrition, breast feeding, immunizations, safety and more and supply 800-numbers where users can get help with things like finding a doctor, quitting smoking or buying an inexpensive crib.

A couple of sample messages:

“Your baby will be here soon, & it’s time to get a car seat. The hospital won’t let you leave by car or taxi without one.”

“Premature babies need extra help with breastfeeding. Even if your baby can’t breastfeed at first, she can still be fed your pumped milk.”

Interested in getting the health hook-up?  Simply text BABY to 511411.

And, considering it’s FREE, you actually will be one step closer to that “wealthy” part, as well.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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