Summit County’s First Things First program has launched a social media awareness effort for a national texting campaign that offers free prenatal care, health and parenting tips.
Text4Baby is a free service that alerts expecting and new mothers with a number of resources at their fingertips, from nutrition and birth defect prevention to development milestones and alerts.
The First Things First Health Committee, chaired by Rich Marountas of Summit County Public Health, has selected Text4Baby as one of its two main strategies for improving health outcomes for children under age 5 this year.
This text-based program was launched by the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition and is aimed at providing pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women may access this service for FREE by texting BABY to 511411 or by visiting the website, www.text4baby.com.
First Things First is a countywide effort that helps address needed improvements in early child development, from physical and mental health to early learning and family support services.