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Published on December 22, 2015

ND Department of Health Provides $10,500 to Fund Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program

Altru Health System, Grand Forks, N.D – Altru Health Foundation received confirmation that the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) will provide $10,500 for Altru Health System to become part of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program. Altru Health System is excited to offer this nationally recognized smoking cessation program. Baby & Me Tobacco Free encourages and supports pregnant women to quit smoking prior to the delivery of their new baby, to remain smoke free and reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population. The program is designed to help women quit smoking for good by offering counselling and rewards such as diaper vouchers. 

Women who take part in the program are asked to pledge to do these things:

  • Participate in the four prenatal quit smoking sessions.
  • Quit smoking and stay quit during pregnancy.
  • Take a monthly breath test to show she is tobacco free.
  • Stay smoke free after baby is born to receive a monthly voucher for free diapers for up to 12 months.

The goal of the program is to reduce the damaging effects of smoking on the unborn child which include prematurity, low birth weight along with maternal health issues which arise during pregnancy related to smoking. Following birth, the goal is to reduce the damaging effect of exposure to secondhand smoke on the newborn along with others living in the household.

For more information about the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program at Altru Health System call 701.780.3642.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $475 million.  As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.