West Moreton Hospital and Health Service chief executive Lesley Dwyer.
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service chief executive Lesley Dwyer. Contributed

Maternal smoking a major focus with medical services: Dwyer

IPSWICH health professionals say they are doing their best to make women aware of the risks of smoking while they are pregnant.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service chief executive Lesley Dwyer said it was a major focus with medical services for pregnant women.

As the population of Ipswich and surrounding areas continues to mushroom and the subsequent baby boom keeps on, the need for the services will also continue to grow.

"Recent Ipswich Hospital perinatal data for 2014 indicated 193 women registered as smoking in their pregnancy over the last quarter. Of this total, 166 women (or 86%) were provided with education on smoking in pregnancy as part of their contact with our service," Ms Dwyer said.

 

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"Education and information on the effects of smoking in pregnancy commences when women first book in for their antenatal care appointment and continues at each antenatal visit."

The education and advice is wide-ranging and includes dove-tailing with other anti-smoking agencies.

"Every effort is made to support women in their choice to stop smoking during pregnancy," she said.

"Information is provided verbally, through written information such as brochures, and through referral to the QUIT program.

"At each visit the adverse impact of smoking and the health advantages of cessation of smoking in pregnancy are discussed with their clinician."

 

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