Our specialist Smoking in Pregnancy Team work to encourage smoke-free pregnancies in Rotherham and are highlighting the dangers of smoking when pregnant.
Wendy Griffith, the Smoking in Pregnancy Team lead, commented: “We work closely with mums to be who smoke to take them through an evidence based programme so that they are really aware of the risks that they take if they continue to smoke during their pregnancy”.
For women who are expecting a baby, the smoking in pregnancy team offer specialist one-to-one support including home visits weekly for seven weeks and then support on a monthly basis throughout the rest of their pregnancy.
In addition, our midwives are armed with resources including leaflets and promotional merchandise to help explain to mums to be that a smokefree pregnancy is best for baby and for them.
Earlier this year the team supported a regional Public Health campaign ‘mind the bump’ which demonstrated that smoking carries comparable risks to extreme activities like sky-diving and jumping through hoops of fire on a motorbike – things you’d never consider doing if you were carrying a child!
The Rotherham smoking in pregnancy team is having great success rates too: Recent figures highlight our town had the biggest reduction (6.2%), in the Yorkshire and Humber region, over five years, of women smoking at the time of the birth of their baby. Across England, over the same five year period, a reduction of just 2% was seen – putting Rotherham’s success rates well above average nationally.
Wendy added: “It’s never too late to stop smoking in pregnancy, and many mums, dads and grandparents are making a real effort to quit. Anyone who is, or who is considering, having a baby and wants to stop smoking can access our services through their community midwife or by contacting us directly on 01709 424058.”