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Pregnant Women Can Now Text Reporters For Free To Get Tips, Ask Questions And Share Stories

The free text service, called The Cord, is part of a project where reporters are looking into maternal health in Chicago.

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DOWNTOWN — Pregnant women in Chicago can now get tips and ask questions by texting journalists under a new initiative.

Reporters at City Bureau, a nonprofit that trains journalists, created the free texting service, called The Cord. The Cord will allow anyone to contact reporters with questions, story tips and more. The reporters will send out links to stories, health resources and other information.

The Cord is part of a City Bureau project focused on infant and maternal health — particularly of black women — in Chicago. Reporters from City Bureau will be writing stories about “racial inequities in maternal mortality and health, as well as community-oriented solutions,” according to a news release.

Women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes than women in other parts of the developed world, and pregnancy-related deaths are up to four times higher for black women than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Moms-to-be and others interested in participating can subscribe to The Cord by entering their phone number online. City Bureau reporters will send information to subscribers, and subscribers can reply and share their own experiences and opinions and can tell reporters how they can best serve pregnant women and mothers.