Fathers, Dads-to-be, Families & Health Professionals
Receive free text messages, support, info & tips – especially for dads & dads-to-be

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Receive free text messages, support, info & tips – especially for dads & dads-to-be

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There’s not a lot out there that speaks directly to dads. SMS4dads supports men in their role as fathers and increases awareness of their influence on baby’s brain development.

SMS4dads helps fathers understand and connect with their baby and partner. It also checks in on their wellbeing and offers professional support if needed.

SMS4dads is FREE.  It provides info related to the age and stage of your baby. It’s the info you need – when you need it, how you need it – straight to your phone, 

How it works

Join Up

Dads Join Up Online by answering a few brief questions. They enter their baby’s expected or actual date of birth so that messages relate to the age and stage of their baby.

Messages Begin

Once registered, dads receive three messages a week.Messages begin from as early as 12 weeks into their partners pregnancy up until their baby turns one. SMS4dads is FREE and dads can opt out at any time.

Tips & Advice

Some messages provide tips and encouragement. Others are health related with developmental info related to looking after their baby. Messages are also about being mindful of their own health and ways to support their partner.


Some messages ask how a dad is coping. If a dad flags he’s not doing so well and doesn't have someone to talk to – a health professional gets in touch to offer him, some support.

Tailor-made Messages

If a dad identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander they get a special set of culturally appropriate messages and are linked into Aboriginal support services.

Extra Support

If a dad’s baby is premi or their partner has a miscarriage or stillbirth, they receive a special set of messages to support them during this time.

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Richard Fletcher

Associate Professor, PhD

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