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Rotherham midwives urge families to quit together this Stoptober

01 Oct 2019 16:03:00
Stoptober Midwives

Our town’s midwives are urging local mums-to-be and their nearest and dearest to quit smoking this Stoptober.

Research shows that you are more likely to find it easier to quit if you and those around you stop smoking together. 

Wendy Griffith, one of Rotherham’s specialist stop smoking midwives, said: “Mums who live with other smokers often find it harder to quit and smoking around a pregnant lady, baby or young child can put their health in danger: The only way to prevent any damage is to stop smoking completely.”

Four out of five Rotherham mums-to-be are now smoke free at the point of giving birth*1 but according to Public Health England, two babies die suddenly every week in the UK because their mothers smoked during pregnancy or after birth. 

Wendy added: “When a mum-to-be smokes her baby may not grow healthily and has a higher risk of developing complications or even dying before birth. It’s never too late to stop smoking at any point during your pregnancy. We are here to help you quit, we can provide FREE access to nicotine replacement therapy and we can give you non-judgemental support and advice.

“I really urge anyone smoking around a mum-to-be to seek help and support and use the resources available during Stoptober to make a plan to quit for good. The time is now, don’t go it alone!
Rotherham mums-to-be can speak to our specialist stop smoking midwives by calling 01709 424058.

Smokers in Rotherham can further increase their chances of quitting by accessing Get Healthy Rotherham’s FREE stop smoking service.  The programme offers expert advice and support including free stop smoking medicines for people aged over 18 who live in Rotherham. Sessions are held in a range of venues across Rotherham, and telephone support is also available.

October, coined Stoptober by Public Health England, provides the perfect opportunity to stop smoking as there is lots of advice and tools available to quit permanently. Stoptober is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good. You can find out more by searching ‘Stoptober 2019’.