Research has shown that smoking during pregnancy can cause health problems for both mothers and babies such as:
Low-birth weight infants
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Pregnancy is an optimal time for smoking cessation interventions because women who are pregnant are 1.8 times more likely to abstain from tobacco than when not pregnant. According to data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, of women who smoked 3 months before pregnancy, 45% quit during pregnancy. However, among quitters during pregnancy, 52% relapsed within 6 months after delivery.
The goal of the Baby and Me - Tobacco Free Program is to reduce the number of low birth weight babies in Colorado by reducing the number of women who smoke during and after their pregnancy.
Baby and Me Tobacco Free is a smoking cessation program that helps pregnant women quit smoking and not begin again after the delivery of their baby. Participants receive smoking cessation information at four prenatal education sessions and take a carbon monoxide breath test to verify smoking status. If a woman quits smoking before delivery, she is eligible to take a breath test monthly and receive $50 worth of diapers or wipes each month for up to six month postpartum as long as she doesn’t start smoking again. Participants have the option of enrolling one partner as a support person who is also eligible for $50 worth of diapers or wipes each month as long as they stay tobacco free.