Sue Scheff: Text4Baby - Teen Moms Needing Help Find it in their Cell Phones


Text4baby has several partners and their media partner is MTV. Perfect match. Why? 16 and Pregnant, Teen Moms and Dr. Drew. Although most know that getting pregnant in your teens is not easy, these shows explore the reality of the hardships as Dr. Drew explains the emotional sides of why this is happening.

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. - www.text4baby.org

How does Text4baby work?

Registration is easy and can be done online here or from your cell phone. Simply text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411. You'll be asked to enter your baby's due date or your baby's birthday and your zip code.

Once you are registered you will start receiving free messages with tips for your pregnancy and caring for your baby. These messages are timed to your due date or your baby's birth date. If your due date changes, you can text UPDATE to 511411 and enter your new due date.

Although this is a great service and actually speaks a language teens understand, it is not a free pass to have a baby when you are not emotionally or financially ready. If you have watched these shows, you will see many of these teen moms, as much as they love their children, agree this can change your life in many ways.

Your teen years are no longer your own, your life is not about you and going out with your friends. Usually your friends have moved on and going to college. Although many teen moms can and will complete their High School or get a GED, many will conclude that is not easy.

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As technology expands, and knowledge of learning the risks of having sex is more available, take the time to learn the risks and make smart decisions.
Read more and watch video of how Text4Baby works.

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