The Vanderburgh County Department of Health is pleased to offer the smoking cessation program for pregnant women “Baby & Me – Tobacco Free”.
BABY & ME™ Tobacco Free seeks to address the high prevalence of smoking among young women during pregnancy. By providing counseling support and resources to pregnant women, it is our goal that they will quit smoking and maintain smoking cessation throughout the prenatal period and beyond to postpartum. Our program is successful in helping women quit smoking for good, resulting in improved birth outcomes and long-term positive outcomes for women, children, and their families.
Pregnant women that meet the criteria for the program are referred by their physician, obstetric/prenatal clinic, or other entity. The Vanderburgh County Health Department arranges for the woman’s first appointment with a specialized counselor, known as a facilitator, who is trained by the BABY & ME™ Tobacco Free Program. At the first appointment, the woman receives information about the program and an initial intake session is held. Each participant receives at least four prenatal cessation-counseling sessions, support, and carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring, usually during a regular prenatal visit. Diaper bags and incentives are given to encourage women to come back for appointments. Diaper vouchers are given as early as prenatal session
After the birth of the baby, the mother returns monthly to continue CO monitoring and, if proven to be smoke-free, receives a $25 monthly voucher for diapers for up to 6-12 months postpartum. The mother may use her voucher for any brand or size of diapers at a local Walmart store.
- Women are eligible to enroll if they currently use tobacco/tobacco products or used tobacco/tobacco products within 3 months of becoming pregnant
- It is best for women to enroll as early as possible during their pregnancy. Women must be 36 weeks or less gestation to enroll, in order to allow enough time to conduct the 4 required prenatal sessions before the baby is born.
- Women who have already delivered their baby are not eligible to enroll in the program. However, they are more than welcome to sign up for the Vanderburgh County Health Department Free Stop Smoking Program or call the state quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for cessation support services.