A baby will soon join your family. Maybe through pregnancy, adoption, or foster care. Maybe you will be parenting a family member’s child. Or perhaps you are a relative or close family friend who will be part of a baby’s family.
You may have been waiting for years. Or perhaps you weren’t planning to be caring for a new baby now. You may already have a child.
No matter what your personal situation is, what you decide to say and do matters. It is never too early to begin building the strong and trusting relationship that your baby needs to thrive.
Sign up for this free text messaging service for pregnant women and new moms. Sent three times a week, texts include information on having a healthy pregnancy and baby and are timed to a woman’s due date or the baby’s date of birth. Subjects include: prenatal care, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, car seat safety, nutrition, safe sleep, and help to stop smoking. Texts include 1-800 numbers and other resources for more information.
Research finds that when mothers have emotional support, they are less likely to experience stress and more likely to demonstrate confidence, to be well adjusted and to employ effective discipline strategies.
(BANDY, T., ET. AL, 2012)