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Text4baby

Text4baby is a free text messaging service and mobile app that delivers health and safety information to your phone.

Text4baby provides expert information for pregnant women, new mothers, family members, caregivers and healthcare providers. From pregnancy up through your baby’s first year, Text4baby shares information about how your baby is growing, your progress and medical updates, and fun quizzes. Text4baby may also be used to set up text reminders on your cell phone to keep track of your health care appointments.

Text BABY to 511411 (or BEBE, for Spanish) to receive weekly information on important topics, such as:

  • Prenatal care
  • Postpartum depression
  • Labor signs and symptoms
  • Breastfeeding
  • Appointment reminders
  • Baby’s developmental stages
  • Car seat safety
  • Immunizations
  • Health care resources and hotlines
  • Urgent alerts

Text4baby Partners

Text4baby is a free service of the nonprofit National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). It is supported and promoted by over 1,000 health departments, academic institutions, health plans, businesses, and the federal government.

The Oregon Public Health Division is an official Text4baby partner. Other Oregon partners include:

  • AllCare Health (Grants Pass, OR)
  • Baker County Health Department (Baker City, OR)
  • CareOregon
  • Clackamas County WIC (Oregon City, OR)
  • Clatsop County Department of Public Health (Astoria, OR)
  • Deschutes County Health Services (Bend, OR)
  • Deschutes County WIC (Bend, OR)
  • Fairhaven Health/Milkies (McMinnville, OR)
  • FamilyCare Health Plans (Portland, OR)
  • Harney District Hospital (Burns, OR)
  • Head Start of Lane County (Springfield, OR)
  • Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon (Medford, OR)
  • Lane County Public Health Division (Eugene, OR)
  • Linn County Health Department (Albany, OR)
  • Linn-Benton Community College (Albany, OR)
  • Lloyd Center Dental Care (Portland, OR)
  • Malheur County Health Department (Ontario, OR)
  • Moda Health
  • Multnomah County Health Department (Portland, OR)
  • National Crittenton Foundation (Portland, OR)
  • North Central Public Health District (The Dalles, OR)
  • PacificSource Health Plans (Bend, OR)
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield (Portland, OR)
  • Umpqua Health Alliance (Roseburg, OR)
  • Wallowa County Health Department (Enterprise, OR)
  • Williamette Dental (Hillsboro, OR)

Become an Outreach Partner

Outreach partners work to promote Text4Baby with their clients and in their communities. Becoming a partner is FREE! Benefits of becoming a Text4Baby Outreach Partner include:

  • Access to Text4baby free promotional materials including posters, business cards, and more!
  • Recognition as a partner on the Text4baby website
  • Access to enrollment data by zip code, county, and language.
  • In Oregon, you can join the statewide coalition to combine outreach efforts in your area.

Visit the Text4baby website at www.Text4baby.org, click on the “Partners Click Here” button at the top, and follow the prompts.


Usage

Text4baby has reached over 3,000 Oregonians. In the last six months, Oregon Text4baby partners generated at least 374 new sign-ups across 26 counties.

From the October 2015-March 2016 registration data we know that:

  • 56% registering are pregnant mothers
  • 36% are new mothers
  • 3% register as the other parent
  • 3% are healthcare providers

 

2013

% of Total

2014

% of Total

2015

% of Total

Pregnant

998

74.64%

780

73.03%

723

72.74%

New Mom

267

19.97%

225

21.07%

206

20.72%

Other Parent

25

1.87%

32

3.00%

28

2.82%

Relative/Friend

19

1.42%

10

0.94%

14

1.41%

Healthcare Provider

26

1.94%

20

1.87%

21

2.11%

Spanish

46

3.44%

35

3.28%

39

3.92%

Totals

1381

1102

1031



For more information on Text4baby, visit www.text4baby.org or contact:

Anna Stiefvater, RN, MPH
Perinatal Nurse Consultant,
971.673.1490
anna.k.stiefvater@state.or.us
Maternal and Child Health Section
Center for Prevention and Health Promotion
Oregon Health Authority

Wendy Morgan, MSW
Public Health Educator
971.673.0353
wendy.morgan@state.or.us
Maternal and Child Health Section
Center for Prevention and Health Promotion
Oregon Health Authority


Newsletters and Toolkit

Winter 2015 Newsletter

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Oregon Text4baby Tool Kit

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