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Alexandra J.

June 2021

Q: How were you introduced to the program (i.e. how, when, where, person)?
A: I was introduced to Marie through the Mid Dakota Clinic Center for Women.

Q: How did the program help your cessation efforts?
A: It gave me the extra motivation and support alongside doing so for my baby.

Q: What was most helpful from the facilitators?
A: The support and tips on how to deal with stress in more effective and healthy ways than smoking

AJ FamilyQ: How does/did the incentives affect your efforts?
A: The incentives were a great reward that helped me stay smoke free. It was nice earning something that would benefit our family.

Q: What is/was the most difficult part of quitting and staying quit?
A: Quitting was and still can be difficult because of the social aspect of it.

Q: What is the most positive part of quitting and staying quit?
A: The most positive part is being a role model for my son and siblings and knowing I am doing my part to keep them safe from cigarette smoke.

Q: How has your support person helped in your efforts (if applicable)?
A: My husband actually quit with me and we both support each other on the difficult days. 

Q: How has quitting changed your activities? health? routine?
A: We both have noticed we feel cleaner. We spend more time with our baby and don't have the constant "I need a cig" feeling hanging over us.
 
Q: Have you put the money you have saved from not using tobacco toward anything special for yourself or family?
A: We have money saved for our son and have had more money to do things as a family! We also love buying toys for bubba!

Lyndsay

June 2021

Q: What was most helpful from the facilitators?
A: Marie helped me the most. I looked forward to seeing her every month which helped keep me motivated.

Q: What is the most positive part of quitting and staying quit?
A: Staying healthy for me and my baby has been my motivation. 

Q: How has quitting changed your activities? health? routine?
A: Having more energy to do things and not having to always stop and smoke.

Anonymous

February 2021

Q: How did the program help your cessation efforts?
A: It gave me coping ideas to help me stay tobacco free.

Q: What was most helpful from the facilitators?
A: Being so encouraging and always giving me "congrats" or "so proud of you."

Q: How does/did the incentives affect your efforts?
A: It feels like an award and makes it easier to stay tobacco free.

Q: What is/was the most difficult part of quitting and staying quit?
A: The stresses of every day life and when your significant other relapses.

Q: What is the most positive part of quitting and staying quit?
A: Knowing I won't be exposing my child to tobacco.

Q: How has your support person helped in your efforts (if applicable)?
A: Always was giving me positive encouragements to stay tobacco free.

Whitney H.

December 2020

Q: How were you introduced to the program (i.e. how, where, when, person)?
A: I was introduced to the program through Healthy Beginnings.

Q: How did the program help your cessation efforts?
A: It was good to have someone to talk to and ask questions. Helped with anxiety and stress.

Q: What was most helpful from the facilitators?
A: Talking, always knowing someone was available and would call me back.

Q: How does/did the incentives affect your efforts?
A: It was a good incentive to work towards.

Q: What is/was the most difficult part of quitting and staying quit?
A: Most difficult part was chaning my habits daily. Smoking was a way to take a "break" and relieve stress for me. Hard habit to change. Staying quit was easier just knowing my baby was healthy.

Q: What is the most positive part of quitting and staying quit?
A: I am a healthier person and my baby was healthy. Having a chance to be a good role model for my daughter.

Q: How has your support person helped in your efforts (if applicable)?
A: My support person was great. Very reliable and sensitive towards everything. 

Q: How has quitting changed your activities? health? routine?
A: I feel less short of breath. I have more time in my day.
 
Q: Have you put the money you have saved from not using tobacco toward anything special for yourself or family?
A: Bought a new car.

Codi O.

BMTFTest2November 2020

Q: How does/did the incentives affect your efforts?
A: It was definitely a good incentive to quit! Diapers can be quite spendy!!
 
Q: What is/was the most difficult part of quitting and staying quit?
A: The last puff. It was more so a mental thing than a physical one. It took a lot to say 'ok this is my last puff EVER' but once I did, it was easier to stay quit because I didn't want to start over again.
 
Q: What is the most positive part of quitting and staying quit?
A: The obvious health affects for me and my daughter.
 
Q: How has quitting changed your activities? health? routine?
A: I have WAY more time to do things because I don't need to stop to smoke anymore. I am much healthier now that I quit.
 
Q: Have you put the money you have saved from not using tobacco toward anything special for yourself or family?
A: I have not put anything away but I know I save a lot by not smoking! Once I'm done breastfeeding, I plan to get a massage as a reward!

Bretta H.

November 2020

Hi there, my name is Bretta. I am going to briefly tell you about my quitting smoking journey. I was an avid smoker from about 16 years old up until I found out I was pregnant at 26. I would smoke about a half a pack a day and even more if I was going out on the town. I smoked menthols which most say are worse than regular cigarettes. I would always be sick. Every year I would get multiple colds, get bronchitis multiple times, and I would constantly break out in cold sores.

BTMP Test 1I found out I was pregnant in Oct of 2019. I knew right away that I had to quit smoking to ensure that my baby would be the healthiest it could be and to make sure that I could be at my healthiest while carrying my baby. I basically quit cold turkey. After I found out about my pregnancy I had just a few cigarettes left in my pack (yes, I finished them) but once that was gone, I was done!! My husband smokes as do a lot of my friends so I was very worried that it would be hard for me to stay quit. It honestly was not!! My husband even though he was still smoking was my biggest supporter in this journey. He quit smoking around me and in the vehicles. My friends and family also supported me so much in me wanting to and staying quit. I was so determined to not smoke that I drilled it in my head I was not going to do it anymore especially while pregnant.

On June 10th, 2020, my handsome, healthy, baby boy was born! A year later I am still smoke free. I dislike the smell of smoke and being around it bothers me so much. I am so grateful I chose to quit. I have not had one cold sore, cold, or even a sniffle since I quit smoking. My immune system has been great, and I truly believe it is all because I quit smoking! I worked with the ND Quits program and did weekly and biweekly calls to a quit coach, I worked with a doctor at Mid Dakota and she led me to the smoke free program which has been a life saver! If you stay quit during and after baby, you will get incentives! How awesome is it that you get rewarded for bettering yourself and your baby!! I recommend quitting smoking to everyone especially soon to be moms! If you do not think you can do it on your own definitely utilize the options provided by your doctor and the ND Quits program! Having a good support system, along with the tools the hospital and the ND Quits program provide I am determined that anyone will be able to quit, but you have to really want it!!

Do it not only for yourself, but most importantly your precious baby!


 

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