AROUND 550 women a year in Coventry are still smoking by the end of their pregnancy, a Public Health report shows.
The NHS’s Stop Smoking in Pregnancy service in the city says it shows the urgent need for its free service.
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust provides Coventry’s specialist service, run by midwives and stop smoking advisors.
The service is free and confidential to any expectant mum who lives or is registered with a GP in Coventry.
Partners and family members are also welcome.
Majella Johnston, Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Co-ordinator at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “We are keen to ensure that pregnant women and their families know about our service, which specialises in helping them to quit smoking and is available through home visits or at a venue convenient to them.
“Sadly no level of smoking in pregnancy is safe for an unborn baby, but our specialist team offer friendly and confidential support to help pregnant women and their families to quit. We want the best for both mum and baby.”
For advice or to book an appointment with the specialist ‘Stop Smoking in Pregnancy’ service call 024 7696 1391 or talk to your midwife or health professional.
More information about the service can be found on the website at www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/CoventryStopSmoking and follow the link to ‘Stop Smoking in Pregnancy’.
In addition, everyone who lives, works or is registered with a Coventry GP can receive free NHS support to quit smoking from the Trust’s Stop Smoking service.
To talk to an advisor or make an appointment, call 024 7696 1590 or visit the website above.