Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to announce the launch of a new midwife led Smoking Cessation Service.
With this coming in to effect from Monday 25th January 2021, the midwife led smoke free pregnancy team will offer support and nicotine replacement therapy for pregnant women.
The non-judgmental and friendly team of two are available for women of any gestation who smoke or use e-cigarettes. The team will also provide women with the information and support they need to quit smoking which will prevent harm to themselves and their babies.
The Trust is working alongside Greater Manchester’s smoke free pregnancy programme and is a crucial element of the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle. The Specialist Midwife, Julie Bancroft and Specialist Advisor Claire Caullay, will work with women to provide a tailored package of support throughout pregnancy, birth and then into the postnatal period.
When a woman smokes during pregnancy or when she is exposed to second-hand smoke, oxygen to the baby is restricted. The baby is also exposed to harmful toxins. As a result, exposure to smoke in pregnancy is responsible for an increased rate of stillbirths, miscarriages and birth defects.
Children born to mothers who smoke are at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (cot death), infections, asthma, learning difficulties and ADHD.
As a midwife led team, it is their duty to provide women with the tools they need to stop smoking and provide the best environment for their baby to grown healthily.