Baby Slumber Program
Today is the 32nd annual Great American Smokeout. Doctors say the health benefits are great for anyone who stops smoking... but there are extra benefits for pregnant women.
Alachua County has one of the highest rates of moms in Florida who smoke.
March Of Dimes teamed up with the Alachua County Health Department to find ways to encourage pregnant women to quit smoking.
The Baby Slumber Program offers one-on-one services to help mom's quit. They help them set a stop smoking date and then help them stay smoke free.
"The Baby Slumber Program offers incentives to help moms quit smoking all along the way. One of the items they give out here is this stress relief ball and another item is for mom's to put this in their cigarette lighters in their car to remind them why they shouldn't be smoking."
One of the hardest things for mother's is to stay tobacco free once their baby is born.
The Baby Slumber Program teaches moms methods to help soothe a fussy baby which in turn may keep them from reaching for another cigarette and the biggest success of all is keeping smoking away from their new baby.
Since the program started in October, close to 40 moms have enrolled in The Baby Slumber Program.
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