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Prenatal Smoking Cessation
The Prenatal Smoking Cessation (PSC) Program is currently designed to work with pregnant smokers who are receiving health services in prenatal programs. The PSC intervention model, "Smoke Free for Baby and Me" program, is designed to assess the stage of readiness to quit smoking and deliver clear, strong, personalized, and consistent intervention messages to help the person quit smoking. Upon completion of an assessment and identification of the stage of readiness to quit smoking, a three to five minute one on one counseling is conducted as part of these services. Effectiveness of this type of intervention has been found to be high when the messages and materials are consistent, supportive, relative to each client's readiness to quit, and provided each time the woman is seen for pregnancy-related services. The intervention is designed to be easily integrated into other medical, health and support services.
- Assist in reducing low birth weight rates and favorably impacting infant mortality and other undesirable pregnancy outcomes associated with smoking.
- Train health professionals throughout the state on the intervention model "Smoke Free for Baby and Me", a one on one counseling consisting of assessment and documentation using the five A's technique.
Contact: Aurea R. Booncharoen