MATERNITY staff at Solihull Hospital have launched a campaign to encourage mums-to-be and their families to quit smoking.
Figures show that more than 15 per cent of pregnant women in the West Midlands are still lighting up during pregnancy and the scheme aims to support those who want to stub the habit.
Carmel O’Gorman, lead for smoking cessation in pregnancy, said: “Tobacco smoke is a major source of carbon monoxide (CO) which increases the risk of infant mortality by 40 per cent. We are proactively trying to reduce maternal smoking and all our community midwives now have carbon monoxide monitors to test pregnant women’s breath CO levels.”
“Many women find CO testing really useful as they can see their personal CO level and learn the effect their level of smoking will have on their own health and that of their baby’s.”
“All our midwives understand that quitting smoking is difficult and offer non-judgmental advice and support to help all those who want to stop smoking, including Dads.”