Mums-to-be in smoking rates shock

BOLTON has one of the worst rates in the country of women smoking during pregnancy.

New figures have revealed 18.7 per cent of mums-to-be in the borough smoke while they are pregnant, compared to a national average of 13.5 per cent.

In Breightmet North 37 per cent of mothers were still smokers when their baby was born, and in Moses Gate that figure stood at 33 per cent.

The worst rates of smoking in pregnancy were in the 15 to 19-year-old and 20 to 24-year-old age groups.

A new service — Bump The Habit — is now being launched to help pregnant women quit smoking.

It will offer one-on-one support and advice, weekly meetings and help will be tailored to each woman’s needs.

Tracey Holliday, a nurse who works for the specialist service, is herself a former smoker.

She said: “There are lots of stressful issues that can make it hard to quit during pregnancy — there are all the changes going on in your body, a pregnancy can be unplanned, or the dad is no longer around.

“We want women to know we understand these things. We know it is tough, and we’re not going to judge them or tell them off. But giving up smoking is the single most important thing a mum can do for the health of her baby, and we’re here to help and support them as they try to achieve this.”

Wendy Meredith, director of public health for Bolton, said she hoped the rebranded service would help “close the health gap” between the town and other areas of the country.

She added: “We know to a degree that Bolton’s higher than average figures can be explained by social factors such as low income.

“However, we can’t really explain why Bolton has higher figures than other areas in the country with a similar make-up as Bolton.

“We need to do more to help people stay healthy and well.”

The service will launch on Monday, September 24, at Harvey Children’s Centre in Shaw Street.

For information about the service call 01204 462365 or email info@bumpthehabit.org

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10:43am Thu 6 Sep 12

Browny91 says...

Thats because Bolton is full of selfish tramps.
Thats because Bolton is full of selfish tramps. Browny91

11:58am Thu 6 Sep 12

marco999 says...

How shocking that given the risks, these women are still continuing to smoke during a time when their bodies are playing host to a new life. It is selfish in the extreme. It is selfish to have sex in the first place in such a nonchalant fashion and without any apparent regard of the consequences. Selfish to allow oneself to become pregnant as if it were an ‘occupational hazard’. And of course selfish to continue to suck down poisonous smoke and fumes into ones body and contaminate the developing lungs of the defenceless baby inside you. I know it is difficult to give up smoking but there is help available. If these women decide to take the risk of becoming pregnant then they should also accept the risk that they may have to give up smoking too. It should be a criminal offence to smoke during pregnancy and they should be named and shamed. There are laws in this country about smoking in public places. Those laws are made to protect all of us who don’t smoke from having to inhale the second hand smoke of those who do. Where are the laws protecting unborn babies from unwanted smoke?
How shocking that given the risks, these women are still continuing to smoke during a time when their bodies are playing host to a new life. It is selfish in the extreme. It is selfish to have sex in the first place in such a nonchalant fashion and without any apparent regard of the consequences. Selfish to allow oneself to become pregnant as if it were an ‘occupational hazard’. And of course selfish to continue to suck down poisonous smoke and fumes into ones body and contaminate the developing lungs of the defenceless baby inside you. I know it is difficult to give up smoking but there is help available. If these women decide to take the risk of becoming pregnant then they should also accept the risk that they may have to give up smoking too. It should be a criminal offence to smoke during pregnancy and they should be named and shamed. There are laws in this country about smoking in public places. Those laws are made to protect all of us who don’t smoke from having to inhale the second hand smoke of those who do. Where are the laws protecting unborn babies from unwanted smoke? marco999

1:51pm Thu 6 Sep 12

exiled says...

Expect little else in Moses Gate and Breightmet - why is it such a shock?
Expect little else in Moses Gate and Breightmet - why is it such a shock? exiled

7:27pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Parmenion says...

In more rational times, before the anti-tobacco hysteria began in earnest, women who smoked continued to smoke and enjoy other normal pleasures of life without guilt during their pregnancies. Many even smoked during labor to help them relax and take the edge off their pain. If their doctors mentioned smoking at all, it would be to advise them to perhaps cut down if they were heavy smokers, something which most did intuitively because they didn’t “feel” like smoking as much.
But pity the poor Bolton smoker today who becomes pregnant, because she will be told that if she continues to smoke at all (or have any alcohol or caffeine) during her pregnancy, she is putting her developing fetus at high risk of death or disability.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Though there is considerable evidence showing that on average the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy weigh on average a few ounces less than babies of women who do not smoke and that the rate of low birthweight babies is somewhat higher for smokers, there is no credible evidence for the hyperbolic claims that the babies of smokers have a higher mobidity and mortality rate. Quite the contrary, the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy have a better survival rate ounce for ounce, a somewhat lower rate of congenital defects, a lower rate of Down’s syndrome, a lower rate of infant respiratory distress syndrome and a somewhat lower rate of childhood cancer than do the babies of non-smokers.

Dr. Richard L. Naeye, a leading obstetrical researcher who studied more than 58,000 pregnancies, states unequivocally:

“We recently found no significant association between maternal smoking and either stillbirths or neonatal deaths when information about the underlying disorders, obtained from placental examinations, was incorporated into the analyses. Similar analyses found no correlation between maternal smoking and preterm birth. The most frequent initiating causes of preterm birth, stillbirth, and neonatal death are acute chorioamnionitis, disorders that produce chronic low blood flow from the uterus to the placenta, and major congenital malformations. There is no credible evidence that cigarette smoking has a role in the genesis of any of these disorders.”
In more rational times, before the anti-tobacco hysteria began in earnest, women who smoked continued to smoke and enjoy other normal pleasures of life without guilt during their pregnancies. Many even smoked during labor to help them relax and take the edge off their pain. If their doctors mentioned smoking at all, it would be to advise them to perhaps cut down if they were heavy smokers, something which most did intuitively because they didn’t “feel” like smoking as much. But pity the poor Bolton smoker today who becomes pregnant, because she will be told that if she continues to smoke at all (or have any alcohol or caffeine) during her pregnancy, she is putting her developing fetus at high risk of death or disability. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though there is considerable evidence showing that on average the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy weigh on average a few ounces less than babies of women who do not smoke and that the rate of low birthweight babies is somewhat higher for smokers, there is no credible evidence for the hyperbolic claims that the babies of smokers have a higher mobidity and mortality rate. Quite the contrary, the babies of women who smoke during pregnancy have a better survival rate ounce for ounce, a somewhat lower rate of congenital defects, a lower rate of Down’s syndrome, a lower rate of infant respiratory distress syndrome and a somewhat lower rate of childhood cancer than do the babies of non-smokers. Dr. Richard L. Naeye, a leading obstetrical researcher who studied more than 58,000 pregnancies, states unequivocally: “We recently found no significant association between maternal smoking and either stillbirths or neonatal deaths when information about the underlying disorders, obtained from placental examinations, was incorporated into the analyses. Similar analyses found no correlation between maternal smoking and preterm birth. The most frequent initiating causes of preterm birth, stillbirth, and neonatal death are acute chorioamnionitis, disorders that produce chronic low blood flow from the uterus to the placenta, and major congenital malformations. There is no credible evidence that cigarette smoking has a role in the genesis of any of these disorders.” Parmenion

8:05pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Maveknowsbest says...

Cut and paste is such a marvellous invention! The comment from Parmenion has been taken directly from a website which supposedly promotes 'human rights'. People have the right to chose, and if people chose to stop smoking then they should be able to get some free help that's all. Nothing here says anti smoking! Don't force your 'human rights' views on everyone, no-one can force anyone to stop smoking but giving links to evidence which is flawed is just an invitation to people for continue smoking and just promoting tobacco industry greed. They make enough money not to care either way.
Cut and paste is such a marvellous invention! The comment from Parmenion has been taken directly from a website which supposedly promotes 'human rights'. People have the right to chose, and if people chose to stop smoking then they should be able to get some free help that's all. Nothing here says anti smoking! Don't force your 'human rights' views on everyone, no-one can force anyone to stop smoking but giving links to evidence which is flawed is just an invitation to people for continue smoking and just promoting tobacco industry greed. They make enough money not to care either way. Maveknowsbest

11:38am Fri 7 Sep 12

harleyrider1777 says...

It appears ASH is having a hissy fit over Parmenion's well written and informative comment! Perhaps Cameron is about to Abolish ASH!
It appears ASH is having a hissy fit over Parmenion's well written and informative comment! Perhaps Cameron is about to Abolish ASH! harleyrider1777

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