TROY — Miami County Public Health (MCPH) is celebrating the first graduate from the Baby and Me Tobacco Free Program. In 2015, MCPH began the program through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health. Baby & Me Tobacco Free is a free smoking cessation program developed to help pregnant mothers quit smoking and stay quit.
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 and healthier babies.
Pregnant women who qualify for the program are either current daily smokers or were daily smokers up to 3 months prior to the pregnancy. A Tobacco Treatment Specialist at MCPH will meet with the mothers four times during the pregnancy to discuss tips to quit and stay quit, then once a month for the first year after the baby arrives.
Each session involves the mother blowing into a carbon dioxide monitor. If the mother is cigarette free by the third prenatal session, she can begin to receive vouchers for diapers. If she remains cigarette free, she can continue to receive diaper vouchers monthly for the first 12 months after the baby arrives. The diaper vouchers can add up to a value of $350.
Participants in the program can also name a partner who also wants to quit smoking and plans to live with the mother and baby. If the partner is also cigarette free prior to the baby’s arrival, additional diaper vouchers can be provided each month for the first year after the baby is born.
For more information on the Baby and Me Tobacco Free Program, contact Miami County Public Health at (937) 573-3520 or go to www.miamicountyhealth.net .