“A pregnant woman only needs about 300 extra calories each day. A 300 calorie snack is 1 cup of low-fat milk with 1 banana & 1 egg.”

–Sample Text4baby tip text message.


Text4baby is one of those public-private (government-corporate) initiatives that looks very useful to women who are pregnant, and for new parents.  Erin Campion, Parent Advisor for the Pennsylvania Medical Home Initiative Transition Program, fills us in:

Let the competition begin! The 2014 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest has officially started, and ​​runs through November 1. During the contest, states compete to enroll as many users as possible in text4baby.

Text4baby is a free service that provides women with important health information during pregnancy and until their baby’s 1st birthday. Pregnant women and new mothers who text “BABY” (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411 receive three weekly messages, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date.

They’ll learn about labor and delivery, nutrition, breastfeeding, safe sleep, developmental milestones, smoking cessation, immunization and more.


This service is completely free, and it’s easy to sign up (or stop texts, though I don’t think you’ll want to!).  The information reinforces what obstetricians teach their patients during pregnancy, and what pediatricians discuss at office visits in a baby’s first year — in other words, information that parents can trust!

More on the PA Medical Home Initiative here.