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Quit smoking advice for pregnant women in NHS drive to prevent stillbirths

 

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Quit smoking advice for pregnant women in NHS drive to prevent stillbirths

Pregnant women are to be offered specialist stop smoking referrals as part of NHS action to reduce stillbirths, which has already resulted in at least 160 babies’ lives being saved.

A programme piloted in 2015 resulted in 20% fewer babies dying at birth. Now NHS England has confirmed that the scheme will be rolled out across the country. All of England’s maternity services will be instructed to use the new Saving Babies Lives toolkit which offers advice on stopping smoking and on the warning signs for problem pregnancies.