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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, 13% 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)

"I received a lot of encouragement from the Baby & Me counselors. I really enjoyed the monthly updates about my baby’s development. In addition, the program kept me motivated by helping pay for diapers every month and knowing how much money I have saved so far by not smoking cigarettes."  - Lindsey from Minot, ND

“I had tried to quit smoking 5 times in the past 20 years, and Alison at CHI St. Alexius Health was my champion and support system. She provided the education and resources to help me stay quit around my triggers. The most helpful part of the program for me is the accountability, and the free diapers are a tremendous incentive. Now I feel more productive, more present and more active. My family’s health and wellness keeps me motivated to stay quit.” - Michelle from Mandan, ND

“The lactation consultant at MidDakota Clinic introduced me to the BABY & ME program. The BABY & ME facilitator’s schedule was flexible so I could meet with her, and she motivated me to stay quit by explaining all the positives about quitting as well as finding other ways to relax, especially in stressful situations.

Now after 11 years of smoking and 6 six quit attempts, I am a non-smoker. I can breathe more easily and don’t get sick so often. I know I’m doing the best for my child and his health – and of course mine too. The diaper vouchers were a big financial help, and I use the money I saved from not smoking toward food.” – Lacey from Killdeer, ND

How the Program Works

Any pregnant woman who is currently smoking, or was smoking 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 smoking cessation and take a carbon monoxide (CO) breath test. Program members return for breath tests at monthly post-partum visits for up to one year. If smoke-free, the program member receives a $30 voucher for any brand or size of diapers at participating stores.

To enroll, connect with your nearest North Dakota Baby & Me Program provider:






Altru Health

Grand Forks

Nicole Brien

(701) 795 - 2879

CHI St. Alexius Health


Alison Harrington

(701) 530 - 8527

Essentia Health


Cheri Thomson

(701) 364 - 4524

Essentia Health


Rachel Wald

(701) 253 - 5378

Essentia Health


Lindsey Bommersbach

(701) 671 - 4146

Family HealthCare


Brody Maack

(701) 271 - 6363

First District Health Unit


Bonnie Riely

(701) 837 - 5171

Sacred Beginnings

Fort Totten

Allyson Bartlett

(701) 766 - 4149

Sanford Health


Teresa Kershaw

(701) 323 - 2944

Sanford Medical Center


Janelle Brandon

(701) 234 - 5892

Turtle Mountain


Maxine Delorme

(701) 477 - 5696

Walsh County Health District


Sharon Laxdal

(701) 352 - 5139

NDQuits Pregnancy RewardsFor more information on the National Baby & Me – Tobacco Free™ Program, please visit

Enroll in NDQuits Pregnancy Rewards, a free program designed specifically for pregnant women who want to quit smoking 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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