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Published December 31, 2013, 05:44 PM

Her Voice: Fargo mom face of national prenatal care campaign

FARGO – Maylynn Warne is showing up on posters across the country. The 38-year-old Fargo woman posed for the March of Dimes and United States Department of Health and Human Services to promote a program called Text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health.

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

FARGO – Maylynn Warne is showing up on posters across the country.

The 38-year-old Fargo woman posed for the March of Dimes and United States Department of Health and Human Services to promote a program called Text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health.

It just so happened that when Warne was pregnant with her daughter Ana, who is now 3, her husband’s colleagues needed a pregnant Native American model very quickly, Warne said.

“I just happened to be very pregnant and available,” said Warne, who has done some modeling work before. “I had known a little bit about the Text4baby campaign, and I thought it was a great program. I really was happy to assist in providing the Native American population with the education and reminders and everything Text4baby had to offer.”

Warne’s husband, Donald Warne, is now director of the Master of Public Health program at North Dakota State University. At that time, he was director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board in Rapid City, S.D.

Maylynn Warne works in health promotion and disease prevention for the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.

“I thought it was a great contribution I could make to try and advertise the program in our communities,” she said.

Since the posters started appearing, Warne says she has received Facebook messages from people across the country who saw the program and signed up.

“It makes me really happy to know that it’s making an impact,” Warne said. “It makes me feel good because it’s really a valuable tool for mothers.”

It’s also an emotional reminder for Warne of her first pregnancy, she said.

Warne, who also has an 8 year-old stepson, used the Text4baby program when she was pregnant with her son, Crandall, who is now 7 months old.

Even though she’d been pregnant before and works in the public health field, Warne said the information she received through text messages was valuable. In addition to learning age-specific developmental information about her child, she also received reminders about prenatal appointments.

“It’s really helpful,” she said. “Each experience is different and each baby is different, and you kind of forget after a while.”

Warne has continued to receive texts with developmental information and doctor’s appointment reminders since her son was born, and she’ll continue to receive them up to his first birthday.

The Text4baby program started nationwide in February of 2010.

Reba Mathern-Jacobson, director of Program Services for March of Dimes in Fargo, says research has shown that people who receive the texts feel more prepared for parenthood.

Text topics include things like labor and delivery, safe sleep, and the importance of smoking cessation.

In North Dakota, Mathern-Jacobson says recent data shows 17 percent of babies are born to parents who had inadequate prenatal care.

“Any support we can give, even if it’s basic information, is helpful,” she said.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526

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