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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:

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

Sanford Health

Bismarck

Teresa Kershaw

701.323.2944

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.

 

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