Quitting smoking helps to create a low-risk pregnancy

Helping to support others to create a low-risk pregnancy so that they do not have to experience the challenges of a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is what brings my passion to my job role.

Steph Dummackin works for Smokefreelife Somerset in the Mums2Be Team, covering Yeovil and South Somerset areas. This specialised team supports pregnant women who need some extra support to stop smoking.

Her personal experience of having a daughter spend time in the Special Care Baby Unit, gives her a passion for helping other mums.

Steph commented: “I enjoy my job role as it allows me to listen and support women to make their pregnancies as low risk and healthy as possible.

“I personally have a daughter who was born earlier than expected and had a prolonged hospital stay at birth.

“Helping to support others to create a low-risk pregnancy so that they do not have to experience the challenges of a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is what brings my passion to my job role.”

”Our service is available to expectant mothers partners, or anyone else in their household who are smoking. If women want to become smoke free in order to conceive then we can also support her in making that first healthy step to make her future pregnancy low risk. We are a long-term support that can stay involved from early pregnancy right up to the post-natal period.

“We can offer up to twelve weeks’ worth of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which includes nicotine patches and oral nicotine products to use to assist your quit attempt.

“We have an incentive for both women and significant others of Love2Shop vouchers which are issued at intervals throughout your pregnancy and quit attempt. We also have Bluetooth powered individual Carbon Monoxide monitors called iCO’s that are issued around week twelve of you being smokefree.

“Our main type of support is telephone calls, set at a frequency you are comfortable with, as well as sporadic face-to-face appointments at your home address to carry out Carbon Monoxide readings (CO) that help with motivation and give a visual representation of your progress.”

If you would like more information about the service, or to have a non-judgmental chat about the support in more detail, please contact 01823 356222, or self-refer on our website healthysomerset.co.uk/smokefree