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April 16, 2014

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Mayor Goodman promoting free health text message service to help moms

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Carolyn Goodman

What should I feed her? What kind of immunizations should I get for him? How do I install this car seat?

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wants to make sure that pregnant women and new parents know that answers to their many health questions are only a text message away.

Goodman is joining other Nevada mayors and Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval in a statewide effort called Mayors and Mommies Month to encourage new and expectant moms to sign up for a free national health information text messaging service, Text4Baby.

The goal is have 4,000 Nevada mothers signed up for the Text4Baby service by May 13, which is Mother’s Day.

To sign up for Text4Baby, expecting mothers and new parents can simply text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411.

Mothers will receive weekly text messages specific to their due date or the baby’s birth date. The messaging covers everything from nutrition to how to access local low-cost resources. Due to more than 15 participating mobile operators, Text4Baby is free no matter what cell phone plan the user has.

Mayors and Mommies Month is an initiative set up by Immunize Nevada and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal Child Health Division.

"I encourage expectant mothers to take advantage of this free information which may assist them as they take care of themselves not only in the preparation of the impending birth of their new baby but also for the first years of their child's life,” Goodman said in a prepared statement.

“It’s an appropriate and easy way for mothers to stay on top of their own good health and that of their baby's as they plan for doctor visits, daily nutrition and care — even perhaps learning how to install a car seat properly and safely.”

To learn more about Text4Baby, or to get involved in Mayors and Mommies Month, call 775-686-7413 or visit immunizenevada.org/text4baby.

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