Over 1,000 babies born smokefree in Somerset

Smokefree Somerset Alliance recently celebrated the news that over 1,000 babies have now been born smokefree as a result of the Mums2Be Smokefree service since its start.

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable serious harm in pregnancy, and the Mums2Be service, working with maternity services, has been highly successful in engaging women and partners to quit smoking in pregnancy.

Midwives refer women to the Somerset County Council funded Mums2Be service, and specialist advisors work with them on a one-to-one basis throughout their pregnancy, helping them to quit smoking and stay quit.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing at Somerset County Council said: “Smoking in pregnancy is a major public health challenge and one where we are making good progress. It remains one of the few modifiable risk factors in pregnancy. There are significantly increased risks for the pregnant woman and baby due to smoking and pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of early miscarriage. I would encourage any smoker who is either pregnant or planning to start a family to get support to stop smoking immediately.”

The smoking in pregnancy rate has fallen as a result from over 18% to under 13%, meaning that over 1000 babies have been born smokefree in the county since the programme started as a pilot in 2009, before expanding countywide in 2013.

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Notes to Editors:-
Celebrating over 1,000 babies born smokefree in Somerset at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton:
Names, left to right :
Claire Boobyer-Jones
Hayley Murray and her baby
Sally Bryant
Tracy Jackson
Counsellor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Somerset County Council
Sarah Durkin
Ann Dempsey & her baby
Tracy Brick
Danni Fletcher
Stewart Brock
Catherine Jacques
Sallyann Batstone
Tracey Hellyar

The Smokefree Somerset Alliance is a multi-agency organisation dedicated to reducing smoking in the county. Smoking rates generally and in pregnancy are now at their lowest ever levels.

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