Baby & Me Tobacco Free

Interested in Enrolling?

Contact Tammy Fower, RN, FNP by calling 573-568-3686
The SoutheastHEALTH Foundation has received a grant from the March of Dimes for a smoking cessation program aimed at reducing the burden of tobacco use on pregnant women and post-partum women. Program facilitator Tammy Fowler, RN, FNP, says quitting tobacco is the “single most important thing moms can do for their health and the health of their babies.” The program is currently being offered in Stoddard County, where community health risk assessments have shown tobacco use to be a major health risk concern.

The Baby & Me Tobacco Free program was implemented by the March of Dimes in 2002. It has been proven that women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and low-birth weight babies. Quitting and remaining tobacco-free extends the positive health outcomes for women and their families by reducing the damaging effects of secondhand smoke. The program also includes spouses or partners.

As a Baby & Me facilitator, Fowler holds an initial intake session with enrollees. Each participant receives at least four prenatal cessation-counseling sessions, support and carbon monoxide monitoring, generally during a regular prenatal visit.

After baby’s birth, the mother continues monthly carbon monoxide monitoring and, if proven to be smoke-free, receives a monthly voucher for diapers for up to six-12 months postpartum.