Our mission is to reduce the burden of tobacco on our society
We seek to accomplish this mission by addressing the high prevalence of smoking among young women during pregnancy. By providing counseling support and resources to pregnant women, it is our goal that they will quit smoking and maintain smoking cessation throughout the postpartum period and beyond. Our program is successful in helping women quit smoking and stay quit, resulting in improved birth outcomes and long-term positive outcomes for women, children, and their families.
BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population. Women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and low-birth weight babies. Maintaining smoking cessation after the baby is born extends the positive health outcomes for women and their families by reducing the damaging effects of secondhand smoke. This results in healthier mothers, healthier babies, and an outstanding return on investment (ROI).
How the Program Works
Pregnant women that meet the criteria for the program are referred by their physician, obstetric/prenatal clinic, or other entity to the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program site. The local site arranges for the woman’s first appointment with a facilitator, who is trained by the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program. At the first appointment, the woman receives information about the program and an initial intake session is held. Each participant receives at least four prenatal cessation-counseling sessions, support, and carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring.
After the birth of the baby, the mother returns monthly to continue CO monitoring and, if proven to be smoke-free, receives a $25 monthly voucher for diapers for up to 12 months postpartum. The mother may use her voucher for any brand or size of diapers at Walmart.
If you are interested in the program contact:
Leane Rohr (Family and Children First Council)