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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:

BABY & ME - Tobacco Free Contact List FY19
Grantee City Program Facilitator Phone Number email
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
City-County Health District Valley City Heather Schwehr 701.845.8595
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 Siri Thaden 701.234.5892
Southwestern District Health Unit Dickinson Jennifer Schaeffer 701.483.3760
Walsh County Health District Grafton Sharon Laxdal 701.352.5139

Enroll in NDQuits Pregnancy Rewards, a free program designed specifically for pregnant women who want to quit smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco.
For more information on the National BABY & ME – Tobacco Free™ Program, please visit

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.


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