BABY & ME – Tobacco Free™
Quitting tobacco is the most important thing expectant mothers can do for their health and for the health of their baby. Currently in North Dakota, 11.5% of pregnant women smoke. If moms stay tobacco-free, their children stand a better chance of never starting.
The goal of BABY & ME – Tobacco Free™ is to reduce the number of health problems caused by tobacco use and secondhand smoke by decreasing the number of women who smoke during and after their pregnancy. Health problems for both mothers and babies include:
- Pregnancy complications
- Premature birth
- Low-birth weight infants
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
How the Program Works
Any pregnant woman who is currently a tobacco user, or was using tobacco products three months prior to becoming pregnant, is eligible for the program, regardless of income level.
Women enrolled in the program attend four prenatal sessions, where they receive information on tobacco cessation and take a carbon monoxide (CO) breath test. Program members return for breath tests at monthly post-partum visits for up to six months. If tobacco-free, the program member receives a $50 voucher at each postpartum session for any brand or size of diapers at participating stores.
To enroll, connect with your nearest North Dakota BABY & ME Program provider:
|Grantee||City||Program Facilitator||Phone Number|
|Altru Health System||Grand Forks||Nicole Brien||701.780.5347|
|Altru Clinic||Devils Lake||Nicole Brien||701.780.5347|
|CHI St. Alexius Health||Bismarck||Rajean Backman||701.530.8538|
|Essentia Health||Fargo||Cheri Thomson||701.364.4524|
|Essentia Health||Jamestown||Rachel Wald||701.253.5378|
|Essentia Health||Wahpeton||Lindsey Bommersbach||701.671.4146|
|Family HealthCare||Fargo||Brody Maack||701.271.6363|
|First District Health Unit||Minot||Bonnie Riely||701.837.5171|
|Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Hospital||Belcourt||My-Oanh Nguyen||701.477.8426|
|Sanford Bismarck||Bismarck||Teresa Kershaw||701.323.2944|
|Sanford Jamestown||Jamestown||Beverly Twedt||701.253.4033|
|Sanford Medical Center||Fargo||Janelle Brandon||701.234.8549|
|Southwestern District Health Unit||Dickinson||Jennifer Schaeffer||701.483.3760|
|Walsh County Health District||Grafton||Sharon Laxdal||701.352.5139|
For more information on the National BABY & ME – Tobacco Free™ Program, please visit www.babyandmetobaccofree.org
Enroll in NDQuits Pregnancy Rewards, a free program designed specifically for pregnant women who want to quit smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco.
Free nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are available to qualified enrollees with doctor approval. A specially trained quit coach will be dedicated to helping you all the way.
Members gain the best strategies for quitting, how to beat the cravings and how to remain tobacco free, along with a minimum of nine coaching calls – five during your pregnancy and four after your baby is born. You also have the choice of receiving motivational text messages to help you stay on track.