What resources are out there for teen parents?
Becoming a parent is one of the toughest things you will ever do. But you are not alone. Maybe you've heard that it "takes a village to raise a child." Well, you live in a village that is ready and willing to help.
Leadership Southside recently published "Basic Instructions for Babies; a Resource Guide for Teen Parents in the Danville-Pittsylvania County Region." The pages of the manual are full of information to guide teen parents to the various organizations and services aimed at walking with them through parenthood.
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What is that Text4Baby service I keep hearing about?
To help more pregnant women and new moms get information about caring for their health and giving their babies the best possible start in life, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) launched text4baby, the first free health text messaging service in the U.S.Text4baby supports moms by providing accurate, text-length health information and resources in a format that is personal and timely.
Registration is easy and can be done online at www.text4baby.org or from your cell phone. Use your cell phone to text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to the number 511411. You'll be asked to enter your baby's due date or your baby's birthday and your zip code. Once registered, you will start receiving free messages with tips for your pregnancy or caring for your baby.
Tanks to the support of CTIA - The Wireless Foundation and participating mobile operators, all messages you receive from text4baby are free! Even individuals without a text messaging plan can get these messages for free. If someone has limited texts per month, text4baby won't take away from that limit. As long as you have service with one of the carriers listed on the text4baby website.