“Supporting Pregnant Women to Quit and Stay Quit” operates as a dedicated support for pregnant women, in the South East (counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford).
Three expectant mums endorsed the success of the “Supporting Pregnant Women to Quit and Stay Quit” programme as an illustration of Sláintecare’s aim to deliver the right care, in the right place and at the right time.
· 28 year old Laura Jane O Reilly from Waterford was the programme’s first referral in February of this year. Laura Jane has smoked for 16 years and this is the first time that she has stopped. See Laura Jane’s clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIfAHlug_Ys
· 34 year old Laura Keeley from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary has smoked for more than 10 years and this is her first baby. Laura signed up for this programme in March, has quit smoking and her baby is due in September. See Laura’s clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjAhB_w-ZVU&t=3s
· 30 year old Dorina Waters, also from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary has been smoking for more than 10 years. She and her partner Brendan Flynn used to smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day each. Since 18th of March, however, they both quit and their baby is due in September. See Dorina and Brendan’s clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92ZgJEnp9H0
Kate Cassidy, a Health and Wellbeing officer with the HSE/South East Community Healthcare services, states “Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby. We know, of course, that it can be difficult to do. We also know, that mums want to give your baby the best possible start in life.
Nearly half of pregnant women who set a quit date with their stop smoking service go on to quit successfully. No matter what stage you or your partner are at in your pregnancy, it is never too late to stop smoking. You will get the support you need but you will not be judged.”
This service is offered free to all pregnant women, women who have had babies or women planning to become pregnant, their partner and others in the household who want to quit smoking across the South East. Ask your midwife, GP, healthcare provider or practice nurse to refer you to the Supporting Pregnant Women to Quit and Stay Quit.
For more information on this program or to access the service
Contact: Kate Cassidy Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone: 087 6529847
Contact: David Phelan Smoking Cessation Officer
Phone: 087 1098689
Contact the Quit line
• Quit website: www.quit.ie
• Free Helpline: 1800 201 203
• Email support: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Free text support: text Quit to 50100
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/HSEquit
• Twitter: Tweet @HSEQuitTeam