Baby & Me: Tobacco Free Program

June 2017 MCHBaby and Me: Tobacco Free is an incentive-based program designed to help hundreds of pregnant women quit smoking during their pregnancy and stay quit after the baby is born.  Ste. Genevieve County Health Department collaborates with Ste. Genevieve Hospital to provide the services needed to carry out the program.  The March of Dimes and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are partnering to bring this innovative smoking cessation program to Ste. Genevieve County and other Missouri counties.

The program rewards female smokers who quit and stay smoke free post-delivery by providing $25 in monthly diaper vouchers for each month smoke free, for up to one year postpartum.  If the prenatal enrollee has a permanent resident living with them who smokes, they too may be able to qualify for a $25 voucher if they meet the program requirements.

Approximately 17.5 percent of women in Missouri smoke during pregnancy. That is more than twice the national average, which is approximately 8.5 percent. Missouri’s statistics for infant mortality are also significantly higher than the national average, partly due to the high percentage of Missouri women who smoke during pregnancy. The Baby and Me: Tobacco Free program helps to lower these rates and increase the overall health of newborns.

To ask questions / enroll in this program please contact Diana Giesler or Paula Grass @ Ste. Genevieve County Health Department (883-7411) or Carrie Staab @ Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (883-2751).