The BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is evidence based, smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco on the pregnant and postpartum population.
Southwestern District Health Unit provides free counseling support and resources to pregnant women in all eight Southwest counties in North Dakota. The goal is to help women quit smoking and maintain smoking cessation throughout the postpartum period and beyond. Our program is successful in helping women quit and stay quit, resulting in improved birth outcomes and long-term positive outcomes for women, children and their families.
How the Program Works:
- Women attend four prenatal counseling cessation sessions to receive education and support for quitting smoking and staying quit.
- At prenatal session three and four, women may receive their first two diaper vouchers, if they test tobacco free.
- After birth of the baby, women return to receive monthly diaper vouchers for up to twelve months postpartum, when they remain tobacco free.
- Diaper vouchers can be used for any brand or size of diapers at Walmart and/or local participating stores.
- A smoker who lives with the pregnant woman can also enroll into the program and if successfully quits smoking, may receive diaper vouchers during the postpartum period.
“The lactation consultant at MidDakota Clinic introduced me to the BABY & ME program. The BABY & ME facilitator’s schedule was flexible so I could meet with he and she motivated me to stay quit by explaining all the positives about quitting as well as finding other ways to relax, especially in stressful situations.
Now after 11 years of smoking and six quit attempts, I am a non-smoker. I can breathe more easily and don’t get sick so often. I know I’m doing the best for my child and his health — and of course mine too. The diaper vouchers were a big financial help and I use the money I saved from not smoking towards food.”
Lacey from Killdeer, ND