Bradford doctors have found a link between pregnant women drinking alcohol and then delivering underweight babies. It's thought one in ten newborns in the city are affected by their mother's drinking.
Councillors have added their backing to a new smoking campaign aimed at reducing the number of women who smoke while pregnant in Sheffield.
– Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families
“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."
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.
– Nicola Baines, from Hillsborough
“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.”
New mums are leading a health campaign aimed at reducing the number women smoking while pregnant in Sheffield. In some parts of the city one in five mums are still smoking at delivery stage.
The programme aims to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking while pregnant as well as offering help and support to those trying to quit.
The Health Minister Anna Soubry is visiting Doncaster Royal Infirmary today to meet specialist midwives who look after pregnant women with high Body Mass Index.
The clinic was launched three years ago to support women who struggle to maintain their healthy eating habits and are therefore more at risk of developing complications during pregnancy.
When tests showed that new mum Frankie Wedgewood was expecting again, the young woman knew that was impossible.
And she was right. In fact Frankie, who lives in North Yorkshire, had a potentially fatal cancer - a rare form that actually mimics the symptoms of pregnancy.
One in six women in Bradford still class themselves as a smoker when they have their baby, according to new figures.
A report on smoking in pregnancy, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, shows a clear North-South divide, with the percentage of women still smoking at delivery higher in Northern England.