Leaders discuss program to help S.C. moms, babies

  • Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013 10:39 p.m.

COLUMBIA (AP) — Public officials are getting together to talk about a service can help pregnant women and new mothers in South Carolina.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin joined acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn on Monday to discuss text4baby.

Officials said the services offers free health and safety text messages with information like helping track pregnancy progress.

Women can sign up by texting BABY – or BEBE for Spanish – to 511411 and entering their due dates or their children’s birthdays and zip code.

Since its launch in February 2010, more than 583,000 users have enrolled in text4baby nationally, with more than 11,700 in South Carolina.

A luncheon and tour of Children’s Garden at College Place United Methodist Church in Columbia are also part of Monday’s events.

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