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Pregnant No TobaccoTobacco treatment specialists at the Mid Dakota Clinic Center for Women work in conjunction with NDQuits to assist pregnant women in quitting tobacco and staying quit. The NDQuits Maternal Tobacco Program (MTP) is a tobacco cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use among women during the prenatal and postpartum period. Pregnancy represents an opportunity to reevaluate lifestyle behaviors, including tobacco use, as women often recognize the serious consequences. Tobacco exacts a terrible toll on health far beyond pregnancy, reaching across the entire life course. Tobacco use remains the most common cause of pregnancy complications and death among infants.BMTFTest3
 ~ Sequoia K.
     April 2021 graduate

"I would recommend this program to any pregnant woman who is smoking and wants to quit."  
~ Cortney R., 
September 2020 graduate

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E-cigarettes and other tobacco products containing nicotine are not safe to use during pregnancy. Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies and can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs.

Quitting tobacco during pregnancy:

  • Decreases the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects of the mouth and lip
  • Reduces the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)
  • Reduces the risk of pregnancy complications such as placental abruption, ectopic pregnancy, and high-blood pressure
  • Lowers the risk for respiratory illness, middle ear infections, and reduced lung growth in children
Women who enroll in the NDQuits Maternal Tobacco Program are provided with tools that will help them successfully quit tobacco and stay quit after their baby is born. The program’s design – which includes individual face-to-face counseling, biomarker feedback, and contingency management – has been proven effective in decreasing the number of women who smoke during and after pregnancy, and improving birth outcomes among babies born to women enrolled in the program.

How the Program Works

  • Pregnant women voluntarily enroll in the program.
    • The participant must be pregnant and enroll before 25 weeks gestation.
    • The participant must be a current tobacco user or was using tobacco at the time of conception. 
    • There are no age or income requirements for the program.
  • They attend a minimum of 5 Prenatal Sessions where they are provided cessation counseling, support, and are tested for tobacco/nicotine use with a CO monitor, cotinine saliva test, or both.
    • Each session will be scheduled to meet the pregnant woman's needs to assist her in her quit.
    • Sessions can be scheduled to coordinate with her prenatal care appointments.
  • After the baby is born, women attend up to 6 Postpartum Sessions where they continue to receive cessation support and CO monitoring/cotinine testing.
    • If they remain and test tobacco-free, women are eligible for a $50 incentive each month
For more information on NDQuits Maternal Tobacco Program, click here

For questions and additional information, please call the Healthy Beginnings Nurse Educator at 701.712.4591.


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