Infant health fair and baby clothing swap planned for Saturday, Feb. 25

“Dr. Yvette LaCoursiere demonstrates how to use Text4baby.” Photo by Maura Leonard
“Dr. Yvette LaCoursiere demonstrates how to use Text4baby.” Photo by Maura Leonard

The Text4baby San Diego Coalition is celebrating the second anniversary of the national Text4baby program with a health fair and baby clothing and accessory swap meet, Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thornton Hospital Pavilion on the UCSD Medical Campus, 9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla.

The event is free, though UCSD parking is $4. Bring gently used baby items to exchange or donate.

Text4baby is a free mobile health information service that provides pregnant women and new moms with information via text message on their health and their baby’s health, connecting them with valuable resources. Expectant and new parents can enroll in the free text service by simply texting ‘Baby’ (English) or ‘Bebe’ (Spanish) to 511411.

Families and expectant mothers are encouraged to participate in the festivities, which will include presentations by leading physicians and pediatric authorities on the topics of caring for a baby before, during and after birth, as well as raffles and an array of baby swap meet items such as baby clothing, toys and equipment.

Participants will learn about the free, bi-lingual text messaging service provided by Text4baby, while either swapping or dropping off gently used baby items to be donated to a local charitable organization.

In a recent study conducted by the National Latino Research Center at California State University San Marcos and the UC San Diego Department of Reproductive Medicine with support from the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, program participants reported significant benefits from the free text messaging program: 63 percent of participants reported that Text4baby helped them remember an appointment or immunization that they or their child needed, while more than 75 percent of participants reported that text4baby messages informed them of medical warning signs that they did not know. Another 71 percent reported talking to their doctor about a topic that they read on a Text4baby message.

For additional information on the Text4baby project, visit,

www.sdcmsf.org

or call (858) 300-2777.

   
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