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GW Study Finds Text Messaging Program Benefits Pregnant Women

A new study led by Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University and the Madigan Army Medical Center found that the leading mobile health service in the nation, Text4baby, significantly benefited pregnant women. Text4baby is a free mobile health information service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) that provides pregnant women and new moms with critical health and safety information via text message. The pilot study examined several things including the short-term effects of Text4baby exposure four weeks post enrollment on attitudes, beliefs and behaviors target by the text messages.

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Lead author Dr. W. Douglas Evans, professor of prevention and community health at Milken Institute SPH, and the research team recruited 943 pregnant women – both active duty and family members – who first presented for prenatal care at Madigan. The study found that “targeted beliefs, including those about the importance of prenatal health care, the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy, and the importance of pre-natal vitamins were more likely to improve given exposure to Text4baby.”

Read more about the study on the Milken Institute SPH website.