Taking action on smoking and health
Principle 1: Every baby should be born free from the harmful effects of tobacco
Midwives are enthusiastic champions of stop smoking support and want to do what they can to help families towards a smoke-free home. Mary Ross Davie has been a midwife in both London and Scotland for over 22 years and has seen a lot of positive work in her career that’s helped families to protect their children from the effects of smoking.
"In order to support Charter Principle 1 we need to find ways to support pregnant women to make the move to quit and be free from second-hand smoke."
Smoking affects both men and women’s fertility and increases the risk of babies being born early, being stillborn or having health issues at birth. To ensure babies are born into a safe and healthy environment, parents who smoke can be supported to stop and encouraged to make their homes smoke-free before, during and after pregnancy.
By supporting parents as individuals, we can find routes to being smoke-free that enlist the support of everyone around them to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy. Let’s involve employers, partners, grandparents and friends!
In this article Mary writes about why we need to make pregnancy and the first years of life smoke-free and discusses what support will help achieve it: ‘Let’s make pregnancy and the first years of life a smoke-free experience for all.’
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