ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Department of Community 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
Women can sign up by texting the word BABY, 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. The messages also can connect women to
prenatal and infant care services.
The national public-private partnership is meant to address the
rising U.S. infant mortality rate.