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Baby Jaxson - 130th South East ‘Smoke Free Baby’

Baby Jaxson


Baby boy Jaxson, born in University Hospital Waterford in recent weeks, has become the 130th ‘Smoke Free Baby’ born in the South East. 

Jaxson’s parents were supported in quitting smoking by the local HSE programme ‘Supporting Pregnant Women and Extended Family to Quit and Stay Quit’ which operates a free, dedicated support for pregnant women and their families.

Endorsing the programme, the happy parents explained that they had given up smoking with the help of the service, when it was “explained how it affects us and the baby.”  They added that they knew they “made the right decision.”

"Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for you and your baby"

Kate Cassidy, HSE Health and Wellbeing Officer

Marking the success of the programme, Kate Cassidy, HSE Health and Wellbeing Officer, stressed that “stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for you and your baby. We know, of course, that it can be difficult. We also know, however, that parents want to give their baby the best possible start in life. By using our one-to-one intensive stop-smoking service or telephone support, participants can significantly increase their chances of quitting.

“Nearly half of pregnant women who set a quit date with their stop-smoking service go on to quit successfully. No matter what stage you or your partner are at in your pregnancy, it is never too late to stop smoking. You will get the support you need and not be judged.

“Once you have been referred, a Stop Smoking Advisor will talk to you about your smoking habits and help you to put together a plan to quit. They will help you build confidence and motivate you to quit.”

"When you stop smoking, both you and your baby will feel the benefits immediately. Carbon monoxide and other chemicals will quickly leave your body. This means that there’ll be more oxygen in your blood, making you and your baby much healthier."

David Phelan, Stop Smoking Advisor

Dr Derval Howley, Head of Service, Health and Wellbeing, HSE South East Community Healthcare, noted that “we are all very proud of this service in this region. It has really improved the lives of all participants.”