Hilary Wareing features in the Journal of Health Visiting – ‘Smoking in pregnancy and after childbirth: An update’
In the article Hilary, an active member of the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group established in 2012, looks at looks at the role of the health visitor in achieving the government’s aim to reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy from 10.7% to 6%.
She outlines the national picture of wide variations in the numbers of pregnant women reported as smoking at the time of delivery; highlights the importance of health visiting in tackling smoking during and after pregnancy and the need for training of health professionals if the aims of the Tobacco Control Plan 2017 are to be met.
Hilary concludes that
Although good progress has been made, there are still challenges remaining. We need a system-wide approach to identifying and referring smokers and stop smoking support. Each professional group and organisation needs to consider how they can use their skills and relationships with women and their families to support them to be smokefree during pregnancy and beyond. This is important to ensure every child has the best start in life and working towards a smoke-free generation.
Further information on iPIP’s other smoking in pregnancy work (babyclear and baby be smokefree project) can be found here
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