Frankston Hospital midwives Lara Watkins and Joanne Courtney, Women’s Services Nurse Unit Associate Manager Anne Holst, midwife Michele Ward, Nurse Unit Manager Della Attwood and midwife Heather Prout.
Mums-to-be get Quit message
Frankston Hospital has become the first antenatal service in Victoria to refer 100 pregnant women to the Quitline – 13 78 48.
‘The hospital and its dedicated team of midwives should be congratulated for trying to help so many pregnant women stop smoking or cut back on the amount they smoke,’ said Quit pregnancy project officer Laura Zarpellon.
‘Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), miscarriage and stillbirth.
‘Quitting is the best thing pregnant women can do for their own health and that of their baby.’
Under the program, women attending routine antenatal clinics who identify themselves as smokers are provided with smoking cessation advice and referred to the Quitline.
Quitline counsellors then ring the women to offer ongoing support.
Manager of Women’s Services at Frankston Hospital Della Attwood said it was fantastic to be involved in the program.
‘Not all the women we refer to the Quitline will quit smoking but if we can at least get them thinking about their smoking or making a quit attempt, that’s a win for us.
‘It means they’re closer to quitting for good.’