Smokefree pregancy

New mums are backing a campaign to encourage pregnant women to quit smoking. Mothers supporting the Sheffield scheme - Smokefree Mum - have used the service themselves.

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Mums benefit from Smokefree Mums service

Amy, one of the mums who used the Smokefree Mum service

Mums who have been part of developing the Smokefree Mum campaign have been talking about their experiences today.

Amy used the service throughout her pregnancy and says she couldn't have done it without the service run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield Council.

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One in five pregnant women in deprived areas of Sheffield smoke

A new campaign is encouraging pregnant women and new mothers to stop smoking. Smokefree Mum is run by Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust and Sheffield City Council.

Currently in the city, 14.1% smoke at delivery stage, with more deprived areas in the city peaking at 19.5%.

Due to the health risks associated with smoking during pregnancy, and the increased treatment costs, the Government is aiming to reduce the number of mums smoking at birth to 11% nationally by 2015.

"Being pregnant can be one of the most rewarding times in a woman's life and there is no doubt new parents want the best start possible for their babies. I am sure everyone knows the health risks associated with smoking when pregnant - to mothers and of course their babies. But we know it can be really hard to quit smoking, especially if it is something you have done for a long time. Having someone to support you with this process really does help.

– Cllr Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families

New mum gives backing to smoking campaign

New mums have given their backing to a Sheffield health campaign, aimed at reducing the number of women smoking while pregnant. Figures show one in five are smoking at delivery stage in some parts of the city.

“I think for me it is having someone to talk to and someone to understand what I’m going through. If I had that the first time I tried to stop, if I had somebody motivating me I would of kept off the cigarettes.”

– Nicola Baines, from Hillsborough
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