Becoming a parent is an exciting, yet stressful time. Mothers-to-be want to get ahold of all the help they can find before their child arrives in nine months. However, women are finding themselves busy every day, at all hours of the day. Now, there is a nationwide SMS service available to help future moms get through this hectic time.
Cell phones are becoming the best way to reach a person, moving ahead of email. This mobile messaging service allows moms to receive their messages in English or Spanish, according to the Cibola Beacon. SMS subscribers will receive free advice for their newborn until they are a one-year-old.
"A lot of times a mother having her first child or their family may be too busy to read a lot of information at one time. We're all very busy and distracted," Denita Richards of the New Mexico Department of Health told the source. "It's reaching people in the places where they're the most reachable: their cell phone."
These text alerts started in 2010 and so far more than 583,000 individuals are receiving the messages, according to the Post and Courier. State officials in South Carolina believe this resource will help women provide their child the care they need to prevent infant mortality.
Users can expect messages like, "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," to come into their inbox. Due to the high open rate of text messages, informed mothers can make good decisions to protect their child.
Businesses that wish to start their own well-being text message program can reach out to Swift SMS Gateway.