Pregnant women in Sheffield are being urged to give up smoking as part of a new campaign being launched across the city.in Sh
The Smokefree Mum scheme is being run by the council and hospitals, after it was discovered one in five mums in parts of Sheffield are still smoking by the time they give birth.
Expectant mothers who use the service will be offered the support of a specialist midwife, who can offer them confidential support and advice about giving up cigarettes - help which can also be extended to their partner and wider family.
The campaign was launched on Fargate in Sheffield city centre, where health workers spoke to passersby about the scheme.
Coun Jackie Drayton, the council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “Being pregnant can be one of the most rewarding times in a woman’s life and there is no doubt new parents want the best start possible for their babies.
“I am sure everyone knows the health risks associated with smoking when pregnant – to mothers and of course to their babies.
“But we know it can be really hard to quit smoking, especially if smoking is something that you have done for a long time.
“Having someone to support you with the process really does help.”
Coun Drayton added: “The midwives in this programme are doing a wonderful job to help mums-to-be to kick this habit.
“They are offering them the support and counselling they actually need rather than the women being condemned for not being able to give up.”
Mum-to-be Nicola Baines, aged 30, from Hillsborough, said she had kicked her habit with help from a midwife, after earlier trying unsuccessfully to quit.
“I think, for me, it was having someone to talk to and someone to understand what I was going through that helped,” she said.
“If I had had that support the first time I tried to stop – somebody motivating me – I would have kept off the cigarettes. It’s been nearly seven months since I stopped smoking. I can’t stand the smell of it any more. I hate it. I think it’s horrible.”
* Are you a mum trying to quit smoking? did you smoke when you were pregnant?