Program to Host Fundraising Night at Local Dairy Queen
SHELBYVILLE, IN - July 5, 2018 --- On Wednesday, July 11 the Shelbyville
Dairy Queen is hosting a fundraising night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. They
will be donating 15% of their sales during that time to the Baby &
Me Tobacco Free Program at Major Health Partners. The Baby & Me Tobacco
Free program assists pregnant women and their familiar to quit smoking
while allowing them to earn FREE DIAPERS! It may sound too good to be
true, yet the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program was recently
designated a “Best Practice” by the Association of Maternal
and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Programs with this designation have
been reviewed by experts in the public health field as proven effective
and we offer this program at MHP.
The BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program
for pregnant women and their families. It helps pregnant women and a support
partner quit smoking while pregnant and then remain quit after baby is
born. Through a series of face-to-face counseling sessions, women and
their families are given tools and support needed to make a successful
quit attempt and are rewarded with FREE DIAPERS in the form of a diaper
voucher for their success. Research has shown that incentives, such as
diapers, are a unique and positive motivator to aid in behavior change.
We know that encouraging pregnant women to quit smoking is vital to ensuring
the best birth outcomes.
Pregnant women who smoke have an extra motivation to quit – the
health of their unborn child. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to low
birthweights infants, and premature birth. In the longer term, maternal
smoking during pregnancy is associated with a range of poor outcomes in
children including ADHD, and cognitive dysfunction. Children who grow
up in smoke-free homes enjoy many health benefits, so it is equally important
to remain quit.
To date, over 18,000 women and their families across the United States
have benefited from this program. Laurie Adams, President and Founder
of the program, on learning of the designation states, “This “Best
Practice” designation is further confirmation that investing in
healthy children begins with offering tailored support to pregnant women
and their families. Many pregnant women who smoke are consumed by guilt
and wish they could quit. We offer a way for these women to realize their
dream of being free from the grip of tobacco addiction, at a time when
it matters most to not only their health, but the health of their unborn
For those interested in helping the next generation live tobacco-free and
learning more about the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program, we
encourage you to attend the Dairy Queen fundraising night. Further information
about the program will be available at the event. We also encourage you
to visit www.babyandmetobaccofree.org for more information.
MHP Maternity Care
Sharon Hammond RNC-OB
Major Health Partners is moving healthcare forward in a Major Way.