NH DHHS Celebrates Text4Baby Success

National Women’s Health Week Highlights Women’s Health Issues

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is joining with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health to recognize National Women’s Health Week May 9-15. The theme this year is “It’s Your Time,” and the emphasis is on encouraging women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life.

As part of this initiative, DHHS is highlighting a new program it is a part of called text4baby. Since the inception of the program in New Hampshire on April 8th, 186 women have signed up for this free service. Pregnant women merely send a text message that says BABY (or BEBE for the Spanish version) to 511411 to receive three texts a week about maternal and child health specially geared toward their child’s due date until the baby’s first birthday. The goal of this national program is to help reduce the infant mortality rate, which can be caused by poor nutrition, excessive stress, smoking, and drinking alcohol. Low-income pregnant women and new moms from 18-25 are the targeted group, but anyone can sign up.

“There are many aspects of women’s health that need particular attention, from the high rate of undiagnosed heart disease to getting enough exercise to depression and ensuring a healthy baby and a healthy pregnancy are certainly important too,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Women are often the caregivers for spouses, children, and parents and forget to focus on their own health. But research shows that if women take better care of themselves the overall health of their family improves too.”

For more information on National Women’s Health Week go to www.womenshealth.gov/whw/.

To learn more about text4baby go to www.text4baby.org.