Baby & Me -- Tobacco Free is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population. Women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and low-birth weight babies and this change in behavior also reduces the damaging effect of secondhand smoke on their children. The program's design has proved to be highly effective in decreasing the number of women who smoke during and after pregnancy. This results in healthier mothers, healthier babies, and an outstanding return on investment.
How the Program Works:
Pregnant women are referred by their physician, clinic, hospital, health department, or through word of mouth to contact their local site and complete an application. The local site arranges for the women's first appointment during which she receives information about the program and an initial session is held. Each participant receives at least four prenatal cessation counseling sessions, support, and carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring.
After the birth of the baby, the mother returns monthly to continue CO monitoring and, if smoke-free, she receives a $25 monthly voucher for diapers for up to 6-12 months postpartum. The mother may use her voucher for any brand or size of diapers at Walmart.
Contact Information for Local Site:
If you would like to learn more about this program or are a pregnant woman who is a current tobacco user, please call the Sumner County Health Department at one of the locations below.
Gallatin Clinic: 615-206-1100
Hendersonville Clinic: 615-824-0552
Portland Clinic: 615-325-5237
Please check out the Baby & Me website by clicking HERE.